Corporal Norman Archibald Hauk
The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Corporal Hauk is sponsored by Kevin O’Keefe
Corporal Hauk était parrainé par by Kevin O’Keefe
In Memory of my father – Sapper John O’Keefe, England, Normandy, Belgium, Holland (1943-45)
Norman was born in Virden, Manitoba in about 1921. He went ashore with the 13th Field Regiment RCA right at H-Hour on June 6 1944, but his landing craft hit a mine and exploded. His body was inititally recovered and laid on the beach alongside 3 others, it had disappeared; perhaps carried back out to sea.
Norman had married a young lady in England before his death. The last time he saw her, he told her: “I hope I’m leaving you something to remember me by.” She had his son in July 1944, on her own birthday, and she always told her son that he was that something.
Norman was 23 when he died and is remembered on the Bayeux Memorial.
Updated information care of BGen (Ret’d) Kevin O’Keefe and the family of Cpl Hauk
Corporal Hauk was born in Virden, Manitoba in 1921. He enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan on 17 Jun 1940. A member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals during the D-Day landing on 6 June he was serving with 13 Cdn Field Regiment, RCA. At the time of the landing he was part of the Regiment’s 2i/c party led my Major G.F Rainnie. The history of 13 Field Regiment states that “Major Rainnie and a small party landed along side the Regina [Rifles]’s headquarters. The war diary of 13 Field Regiment states “Major G.F. Rainnie, Unit Landing Officer, Cpl Hauk, N.A., Gnr Higgs, W.A, and Gnr Lebel, S. landed on MIKE RED. It is thought that their craft struck a mine as their bodies were later found on the beach.” Major Rainnie and Gnr Higgs are buried at Beny-sur-Mer. Cpl Hauk and Gnr Lebel have no known grave and are listed on the Bayeux Memorial in Calvados, France
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