Sergeant William Gordon Williams, L13160
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
The Regina Rifle Regiment
William, more commonly referred to as Gordon, was born in Moose Jaw, SK on 5 December 1920. Gordon’s mother, Emma and father, William were married in the United Church on 13 May 1910. Gordon was their only son and they had two older sisters, Mary and Alice. Gordon’s father passed away when Gordon was just 18 years old.
Gordon completed grade eight and was working as a labourer for Smith and Parkhill Building Contractors. He enlisted in the military on 23 June 1940 in Moose Jaw, SK. He was only 19 years old at the time. Originally, he trained at the Canadian Signals Training Centre and then he joined The Regina Rifle Regiment on 16 August 1941 as a rifleman. He embarked for the UK from Halifax, NS with the 1st Battalion on 24 August 1941. From November 1941 until 6 June 1944, Gordon rose through the ranks. He became a sergeant on 9 November 1943.
Gordon was killed in action on Juno Beach, 6 June 1944. His mother received a telegraph on 14 June 1944 informing her that her only son had died in service of his country.
He is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery, grave 3, row B, and plot 9.
I will never forget William Gordon Williams, Rest in Peace.
Witten by: Pam Calvert, a teacher at Oakville Trafalger High School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Pam Calvert, un élève de Oakville Trafalgar High School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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