Sapper Robert Daniel Tarlington
Royal Canadian Engineers
Sapper Tarlington is sponsored by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Kingston and Region Division).
Sapper Tarlington étair parrainé par Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Kingston and Region Division).
Robert Daniel Tarlington was born in Brockville, Ontario on 19 April 1914. At the time he joined 3 Field Company RCE in Ottawa on 16 January 1940 he was working as a truck driver for International Movers. Tarlington arrived in the UK on 1 August 1940. As he had apprenticed as a baker he was initially enrolled as a cook and posted to the 1st Battalion RCE where he worked as such. For most of his army career he was a cook but, on 7 December 1943, he qualified as a bricklayer and was transferred to 16 Field Company RCE. He was subsequently transferred to 6 Field Company RCE on 28 April 1944 as a sapper. By that time the Company was into its final training in preparation for the D-Day landing and assault.
On D-Day Sapper Tarlington was in Corporal P.H. Wilkinson’s sub-section supporting No 11 Platoon of the Winnipeg Rifles’ in the first assault wave. Cpl Wilkinson was wounded by machine gun fire during the landing. Sapper Tarlington was badly wounded and died of wounds later that day. He is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France.
…. Based on Research conducted by the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association.
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