Rifleman Russel Isbister, L105571
Mont Nebo, Saskatchewan
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Russel Isbister was born on 20 September 1918 in Sandy Lake, Saskatchewan. He married Helen Isbister on 29 June 1941 in the St. Marks Church in Saskatchewan. They had one child together named Velma Isbister born on 31 January 1942. Russel spoke English and Cree, indicating that he had Aboriginal ancestry. Russel was born on a farm and had a dark complexion with black hair and brown eyes. Russel had three brothers and also served in the Second World War and were also all killed on the beaches of Normandy. Russel was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 155 pounds. Russel’s religion was Anglican and he went to the Church of England. He lived on a farm as a child and worked as a farm hand and a carpenter. Russel’s father was William Isbister and his mother’s name was Ada Isbister.
Russel joined the army on 26 March 1943 and was sent to Regina Saskatchewan to begin his training as a rifleman. He travelled to different places while he was in training successfully completing all courses. As he continued in his training his pay was increased by 10 cents which was a lot back then. His pay was $1.40 then changed to $1.50 per day. This payment increased on 15 October 1943. He joined the Winnipeg Rifles and stayed with them for his whole journey.
On 26 March 1943 he was taken on strength of unit #12 at the District Depot of the Canadian Army. Part 2 order # 23 of Regina. His next adventure was on 15 April 1943 in Regina. He was struck off strength of a unit for transfers to #120 at the Basic Training Centre, part 2 and order #105. The third job for him was taken on strength for all purpose on transfer on 16 April 1943 of unit #120 of the Canadian Army of Basic Training Center of part 2 order # 93. Russel’s was struck off strength if unit # 144 on 18 June 1943 at the Army Canadian Infantry Training in Shills. On 13 July 1943, Russel Isbisiter began his training for infantry at Shilo training camp. He finishes his training on 10 August 1943 and prepares to go overseas on 22 August 1923, he boards a train bound for Halifax Nova Scotia four days later. On 26 August 1943 Russel Isbister leaves Canada for the last time, he arrives in England on 2 September 1943. When he goes to England his pay increases from $1.40 to $1.50 for a daily rate on 27 September 1943. He was struck off strength to field units of Royal Winnipeg Rifles, on 28 October 1928. Next he was taken off strength and sent to the beaches of Normandy for D-day.
Written by: A student at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : Un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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