Lloyd Elmer Bishop

Corporal Lloyd Elmer Bishop, F44964
New Glasgow, NS
The North Nova Scotia Highlanders

Corporal Bishop is sponsored by the Town of New Glasgow and the Province of Nova Scotia.
Corporal Bishop était parrainé par Town of New Glasgow et Province of Nova Scotia.

The Town of New Glasgow proudly salutes the sacrifice and courage of  New Glasgow’s own Acting Corporal Lloyd Elmer Bishop, North Nova Highlanders  (A Company).  May this tribute marker be a legacy to the valour and honour of Acting Corporal Bishop as well as a in memory of the hundreds of Canadian soldiers who fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy. May their memories live on through our respect, remembrance and appreciation of the many sacrifices made.

Lloyd Elmer Bishop was born on the 15th of January, 1920, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 312 kilometres northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was the second oldest of five children, having four sisters, born to his parents Harold and Jessie Bishop. Lloyd and his family were Protestants, belonging to the United Church of Canada. In 1930, his father passed away and at some point, he and his family moved to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. On the 29th of June, 1938, he enlisted with the Non-Permanent Active Militia of Canada in New Glasgow with the Pictou Highlanders. He went through a year of training before enlisting for the Canadian Active Service Force on the 21st of September, 1939, again with the Pictou Highlanders (D Company). On December 14th, 1940, his son, Harold Robert Bishop was born.

After enlisting, Bishop went through training with the Pictou Highlanders until the 7th of March, 1940, when he was attached to the No. 6 District Depot CASF. He was removed from the No. 6 District Depot on the 29th of March, to rejoin the Pictou Highlanders. On the 18th of June, 1940, he was Struck off Strength from the Pictou Highlanders and transferred to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, where he was then made Lance Corporal on the fifth of August that same year. Under stoppage of pay, he was married to Sarah Kathleen Auld on the 24th of October, 1940. A few days later, on the 2nd of November, he was admitted into the hospital, where he stayed for 26 days before being discharged.

He was promoted to the rank of Acting Corporal on the 18th of March, 1942, before taking two more leaves from the 21st to the 27th of April and from the 13th to the 20th of July. He was admitted to the 5th Casualty Clearing station on the 26th of July, where he was then moved to the 14th General Hospital on the 4th of August. As of being moved to the hospital, he was Struck off Strength from the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and Taken on Strength with the 3rd District Infantry Recruitment Unit, where he was reduced to the rank of Private. He was then transferred from the 14th General Hospital to the 6th Casualty Clearing Station on the 10th of August, and then from there to another hospital on the 18th. On the 4th of September, he was awarded a Good Conduct badge, and was discharged from the hospital on the 8th. He was appointed Lance Corporal on the 21st of September, but was reverted to Private when he was transferred back to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders on the 29th of October. A few days after having been transferred, he was appointed Acting Lance Corporal on the 13th of November. He went on leave from the 1st to the 8th of December that year.

On the 30th of March, 1944, Bishop was appointed Acting Corporal, still with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders (A Company). He embarked in the UK on the 4th of June, and disembarked in France on the 6th, where he was then killed in action. He was killed when leading men while facing heavy mortar fire. A shell landed near him as he dashed across a road, causing his demise.

On June 6th, 1944, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders landed on Juno Beach at Bernières at 1140 hours. There was a lot of congestion, as the beach was already packed with troops from the 8th brigade, and the regiment was not able to move forward to their assembly point at Beny-Sur-Mer. Due to the congestion, troops were halted on the outskirts of Bernières and the North Nova Scotia Highlanders didn’t move toward the assembly point (known as ELDER) until 1605 hours.

They arrived at ELDER at 1644 hours, where they came under heavy mortar fire from the Germans. Some men were hesitant to advance, so Bishop shouted encouragement to them. He dashed across the road to lead the way when a shell landed very near him, blowing up and killing him instantly.  This mortar attack caused the demise of one other soldier and the injury of three.

When Lloyd Elmer Bishop died, his belongings and medals went to his wife, Sarah Kathleen Bishop. He had $50 in victory bonds that went to his son, Harold Robert Bishop. The medals that were sent to his wife were the 1939 – 45 Star, the France & Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp. A Memorial Cross also went to his wife, as well as one to his mother.

He was buried in the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France; grave reference X. H. 8. The text on his headstone reads “Sadly missed by wife Kathleen, son Robert and mother.”

 

  Written by:  a student at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par
  un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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