Private Joseph Simeon Nigh, B26879
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Birth place and date: Joseph was born in Kindersley, SK on 6 February 1923.
Home town: Joseph grew up in Stevensville, ON.
Religion: Joseph was a member of the Brethem Christ Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Joseph served as an electrician’s helper.
Marital Status: Joseph was married to Elsie May Nigh.
Next of kin: Joseph’s next of kin was his mother, Alme Estelle Nigh.
Date and location of enlistment: Joseph enlisted on 17 October 1942 in Hamilton, ON.
Medals: Joseph was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM. He was also awarded the Memorial Cross after he died that was sent to his mother.
Burial location: Joseph is buried at the Calais Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 21 years old when he died.
Student’s final reflection:
At a young age, Joseph Simeon Nigh had a passion towards his country. At the age of 19, he gave up everything to fight in the war. This included his education, wife, and most importantly, his life. He did this to ensure that Canadians can live a free life today.
Every Canadian that celebrates, enjoys, and may even takes for granted freedom needs to pause, remember, and celebrate the life of Joseph.
Joseph attended Stevensville High School for four years before he became an electrician’s helper. He was known for having “steady hands” as a helper at Atlas Steel Corp. He worked there for a year and a half and also helped on his brother’s farm.
On 22 January 1943, Joseph was granted his parachutist license after completing the prescribed course in flacking instructions and jump training, as well as making required jumps.
On 6 June 1944, Joseph lost his life, like so many other Canadian fighting on Juno Beach. May you always Rest in Peace.
Written by: a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
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