William Mervin Dirks

Captain William Mervin Dirks
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Royal Canadian Artillery – 13 Field Regiment

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Birth place and date: William was born in Rosthern, SK on 14 June 1916.

Home town: William grew up in Prince Albert, SK.

Religion: William was a member of the United Church.

Occupation: Before the war, William served as a Gunner for the Royal Canadian Artillery.

Marital Status: William was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: William’s next of kin was his father, John Peter Dirks.

Date and location of enlistment: William enlisted on 28 May 1940 in Rosthern, SK.

Medals: William was awarded, the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.

Burial location: William is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 27 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

William was a Captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery Unit. He was with the 13th Field Regiment and had many qualifications, such as being a licensed driver and a small arms defenseman. William’s parents were John and Melinda, and he had a brother, Roy.

It was reported by a fellow soldier that William as killed in action when his craft was hit with a mine. This was sadly just eight days before William’s 28th birthday. I salute William’s bravery and his sacrifice for Canadian, and I am devastated that his life was cut so short.

During his service as a soldier, William embarked on many dangerous missions, risking his life each time. He travelled to France and UK, and fought on D-Day when he was tragically killed. He put the lives of others before his own, showing tremendous bravery and integrity. I wish someday that I have the strength to stand up for something important to me, and fight for that I believe, just as William had for Canada.

Witten by: Caitlin McLevy, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Caitlin McLevy, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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