Rifleman Russell George McCallum
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Russell George McCallum was one of the brave Canadian soldiers to fight on D-Day and sacrifice his life for his nation. He was only 23 years old when he was killed in action at Juno Beach. He was a rifleman in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, the 1939-1945 star, the Defense Medal, the War Medal and the French and German Star for his bravery on D-Day. Russell George McCallum was born on 20th September 1921 in Toronto, Ontario. His father’s name was Frederick Lee McCallum and his mother’s name was Mildred Alma McCallum. He lived on 57 St. Anne’s road in Toronto, Ontario. He was a single Christian man who worked as a machinist.
Russell completed 2 years of high school and left school at age of 18. He attended St. Andrew’s college after leaving school. Russell wanted to be a musician but ended up working as a machinist at the Hamilton Gear and Machine Company. He worked as a machinist for 2 months and then enlisted in the army. Russell enlisted in the Canadian army on 12 January 1941 in Toronto.
Originally, Russell enlisted in the Toronto Scottish Regiment but was discharged when the regiment went overseas because he was underage. Nicknamed “Junior,” he then joined the Queen’s Own Rifles Band as a teenage drummer in 1940. He was still underage when this regiment departed for Europe, but he was taken along anyways.
Russell served in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada regiment as a rifleman. He was in the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade and 3rd Canadian division. Russell trained in Canada for 6 months and then was sent to the United Kingdom for more training. Russell embarked from Canada on 19 July 1941 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Russell trained in the UK for three years before leaving for France.
Unfortunately, Russell did not make it past of the D-Day. He was one of the Canadian soldiers who sacrificed his life for his nation. Russell was killed in action on 6 June 1944 at the Juno beach. Russell was reburied in the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France. His grave number is 4. It’s in plot 1 and row B.
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
Written by: Atif Khan, a student at the Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : Atif Khan, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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