James S. Talbot

Rifleman James Talbot, H41252
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles 

Rifleman Talbot is sponsored by the City of Winnipeg.
Rifleman Talbot était parrainé par City of Winnipeg.

I am proud to pay tribute to the memory of the 16 Winnipeg soldiers killed in action during the assault on the beachs of Normandy on June 6, 1944. These young men, representing a number of different regiments, gave their lives fighting for freedom. It is right and fitting to remember their sacrifice. I commend the Juno Beach Centre for its committment to creating a striking visual memorial during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. These markers remind us of each individual sacrifice, as well as the gravity of Canada’s loss.
– Mayor Sam Katz, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Birth place and date: James was born in Boissevain, MB on 1 June 1921.

Religion: James was a member of the United Church.

Occupation: Before the war, James served as a garbage helper.

Marital Status: James was never married or had any children.

Parents: James’ parents were Stuart Richard and Ester May Talbot.

Siblings: James had three bother, Mervin Richard (age 21), Donald Murray (age 17), Robert Gordon (age 12). He also had three sisters, Lorna May (age 19), Shirley Jean (age 14), and Eleanor Margaret (age 10).

Next of kin: James’ next of kin was his mother, Ester Talbot.

Date and location of enlistment: James enlisted on 26 June 1940 in Brandon, MB.

Medals: Edward was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM with Clasp.

Additional Information:

  • James left public school at the age of 18.
  • James embarked at Halifax, NS on 29 August 1941 and arrived in Liverpool, UK on 13 September 1941
  • His brother Mervin Richard was served as a Sergeant Pilot.

Burial location: James is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 23 years old when he died.

This Tribute Profile contains available biographical information on one of the Canadians who died on Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. The profile also recognizes the individual or organization who generously sponsored this soldier, and includes a message of thanks and remembrance for their sacrifice. This information is available in the soldier’s native tongue and has been compiled by the Lest We Forget program and, in some cases, through the generosity of individuals connected with the soldiers.  Due to the inconsistency of historical records and the sparse availability of first-hand witnesses, we know more about some than others. If you would like to contribute any material or help in our efforts to present the biographies in both French and English, please contact: jbca@junobeach.org.

Ce portrait contient des informations biographiques relatives à l’un des Canadiens qui sont morts sur la plage Juno, le 6 juin 1944. Il porte également mention de la personne ou de l’organisation qui a généreusement parrainé ce soldat, ainsi qu’un message de remerciement en souvenir de son sacrifice. Ces informations sont disponibles dans la langue maternelle du soldat et ont été compilées par le programme Lest We Forget et, dans certains cas, grâce à la générosité des personnes liées aux soldats. En raison de la disparité des documents historiques et des rares témoins de l’époque, nous ne disposons pas de la même quantité d’information sur tous les soldats. Si vous souhaitez compléter notre documentation ou nous aider dans nos efforts pour présenter les biographies en français et en anglais, merci de contacter : jbca@junobeach.org.