Roswell Ernest Toffelmire

Trooper Roswell Ernest Toffelmire, A68153
Amherstburg, Ontario
1st Hussars

Trooper Toffelmire is sponsored by the Zuschlag Misener Families in honour of Cpl. Hans Zuschlag.
Trooper Toffelmire était parrainé par famille Zuschlag Misener in honour of Cpl. Hans Zuschlag.

Roswell was born 27 August 1919 in Anderdon, Ontario to Ernest R. And Hattie Toffelmire. He had a brother named Milton and a sister named Margaret. He grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario, and enlisted on 7 January 1942 in Windsor.  Prior to enlisting, he had worked a number of years as a farmer. He also owned a 1936 Ford Coupe.

Roswell was a member of the crew that manned the Bold Tank that now sits in a town square in Courseulles-sur-Mer. The tank sank before reaching the beach. Although most members of the crew were able to escape, Roswell drowned. The tank was brought up from the ocean floor 25 years later and restored. It now acts as a memorial to the many lives lost in the liberation of Normandy. He was 23 years old when he died and is buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery in Calvados, France.

He was awarded the 1939-45 Star; France & Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45; and CVSM & Clasp.

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