Private Wilfred Harold David, M106978
The Canadian Scottish Regiment
Birth place and date: Wilfred was born in Tilley, Alberta on 22 June 1923.
Home town: Wilfred grew up in Sheerness, AB.
Religion: Wilfred was a member of the United Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Wilfred served as a labourer.
Marital Status: Wildred was never married or had any children.
Next of kin: Wilfred’s next of kin was his brother, Willard Arthur David.
Date and location of enlistment: Wilfred enlisted on 18 February 1943 in Calgary, AB.
- Wilfred trained in Wetaskiwin and traveled to Windsor, NS.
- Wilfred arrived in the UK in September 1943
- Wilfred was wounded in action and died on Juno Beach, 6 June 1944
Medals: Wilfred was the 1939-1945 Star, the France-Germany Star, the War Metal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp.
Burial location: Wilfred is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer War Cemetery in France. He was 20 years old when he died.
Student’s final reflection:
Wilfred was born in a town called Tilley, AB on 23 June 1923. When he was 15 years old he left school and began work in the farming industry. By the time he was 19 years old he had a steady job with Siffleddel, and Alberta farming company. On 18 February 1943 he made one of the biggest decisions of his life; he enlisted in the Canadian Army.
One 6 June 1944 Wilfred and other units of the CRS landed on Juno Beach, a section of the Normandy coastline in France. One D-Day, Wilfred was critically wounded inland from the beaches. For the next four days, while Allied forces moved deeper into France, Wilfred lay dying. In the early hours of the morning on 10 June 1944, another Canadian family lost someone they loved.
Wilfred and all the other Canadian soldiers will forever be remembered by their friends, families, and the rest of Canada.
Witten by: Spencer G., a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Spencer G., un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
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