Trooper William Feschuk, B61215
Royal Canadian Engineers
William Feschuk, the son of Micheal and Mary Feschuk was born in Zhoda, Manitoba. He had Previously been living in R.R.3 Waterford, Ontario. He was Greek Orthodox and knew how to speak both Ukrainian and English. William had three brothers, John age 34, Peter age 20, and Volodymyr age 10. He also had four sisters, Paraska age 28, Olga age 24, Elizabeth age 22, and Helen age 16. The eldest of the siblings, John, had also served in the military.
As for William’s occupations before the military, he had been employed by Roy N. Hall for 1 year. This job consisted of work with farming and trucking. He attended 3 years of high school, and planned on going into mechanics after the war. William had enlisted at the age of 25 on March 9 1941.
For the entirety of his military career, William served as a trooper of the 6th armoured regiment. He completed his basic training in Toronto and Newmarket on June 5 1941 and continued for all purpose training at Camp Borden until September 1941. He then left to train at the Aldershot Land Training Centre on November 26 1941. Finally, William left for England on February 6 1942.
Tragically, William was killed on June 6 1944 along with hundreds of other Canadian soldiers that day. He was only 27 years old when he died, leaving behind his family to receive the horrible news of his death.
William had been rewarded for his bravery. He had been presented with the Canadian Volunteer service medal and clasp. He had also been rewarded the France and Germany star, as well as the defence medal, war medal CVSM and clasp.
He now rests in the Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery, grave 9, plot 6, row B. He will be forever remembered for his sacrifice and bravery. Rest in Peace William.
Written by: Alyssa Yourkin, a student at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Alyssa Yourkin, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Note on the death of W. Feschuk, from: A History of the First Hussars Regiment 1856-1980
“After an Orders Group with the infantry it was decided that three groups of tanks would move behind Pierrepoint and make a recce of the high ground. The troops mopved off and for a considerable period encountered no opposition. Suddenly near Fontaine-Henry an anti-tank gun was seen on the left flank. Since the gun was not pointed at the tanks, they moved in keeping it covered. This gun, later discovered to be a dummy, had absorbed the attention of the crew commanders and suddenly an 88mm, concealed beside the road, opened fire and succeeded in knocking out five tanks before Sgt. Gariepy could neutralize it. Lieut. C.M. McLeod was wounded, but his crew were unhurt. Lieut. Pease’ tank was less fortunate, and he, along with Tpr. H.H.M. Lismore, Cpl. P.F. Newton and Tpr. C.J. McAndrew, was killed. Only the co-driver, Tpr. Wilkes, escaped alive. In Cpl. Shire’s tank, Tprs. E.J. Annis and W. Feschuk were killed and in the tank commanded by Cpl. Pike, Tpr. C.F. Homuth was killed.”
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