Sergeant Wesley Williams Miskow, H17455
Shoal Lake, Manitoba
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Sponsored by The Municipality of Shoal Lake
Wesley William Miskow was born in Canada, Manitoba on 16 March 1921. He enlisted in the Canadian Army Service Force on 24 June in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Miskow was 5’8 and weighed 130 which was considered average weight for males in the 1940’s. Wesley had blue eyes, light brown hair, had 20/20 vision as well as good health. He was awarded a campaign medal; the 1939-45 Star France & Germany Star medal. The Defense Medal, the War Medal, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) & Clasp were also awarded to Wesley but would be given to his family after he was killed. Wesley was a sergeant in the Winnipeg Rifles of Canada unit his death. He joined the force at the age of 19, never receiving his high school diploma.
Wesley left Canada, MB embarking to Halifax on 28 August 1941. On 1 October 1941 he got a promotion to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal. On 24 November 1941 he was qualified “Q-2” 2” Mortar. About two weeks later he was struck off strength (SOS) from his unit, but was then taken on strength (TOS) to a new unit- the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. Shortly after joining his new unit of the Winnipeg Rifles, he was then struck off strength and taken to the hospital. The reason for his admittance to the hospital is not known. On 15 January Wesley was taken on strength to the Canadian District Infantry Recruiting Unit (C.D.I.R.U.). After training for a few months and completing the course, Wesley was promoted to full Corporal on 10 May. About a month later, (16 august) he was struck off strength at C.D.I.R.U and went into training until 12 September 1942. While doing the training course, he was also taken on strength and was officially the Corporal. He was soon struck off strength to The Royal Winnipeg Rifle, but then shortly returned to C.D.I.R.U on 4 November. On 22 January 1943, Wesley had nine days of platoon. On 24 February 1943, he was appointed to acting Lance Sergeant. He then got another nine days of platoon, and on 17 June 1943 he was confirmed Lance Sergeant. On 6 June 1944 he was wounded and died later that day.
On 6 June 1944, the regiments of 3 Canadian Infantry Division and 2 Canadian Armoured Brigade waited impatiently on board their invasion craft in the vicinity of the Isle of Wight, though good news was suddenly announced: D-day would be 6 June at 0755hrs, the majority of divisional H.Q were in H.M.S “Hilary” or the stand-in H.Q. ship H.M.S. “Royal Ulsterman” anchored off Cowes. Overhead there was an almost ominous calm, and one of the still unsolved enigmas which perplexed men at the time was the failure of the Luftwaffe to strike at the huge sitting targets vulnerable even from great heights.
At 0749 hours in spite of air bombardment failing to materialize, bombardment spotty, the rockets falling short, and the Armoured Vehicles Royal Engineers (AVREs) and Duplex Drive tanks being late to arrive on the beach with the infantry, the soldiers of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles landed in front of Courseulles-sur-Mer. Due to the delayed arrival of the assault engineers, much trouble was experienced in the preparation of suitable vehicle-exits from the beach attacked by 7 Canadian Infantry Assault Brigade Group. From 8:05 am until shortly after 9:00am “D” Company of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles had “gapped the minefield at La Valette and cleared Graye-Sur-Mer, with the forward elements through towards Banville. At the same time “B” Company had forced a crossing of the River Seulles” and cleared out the four German concrete positions on the island which was located in what is now the front of the Juno Beach Centre on the west bank of the Seulles river.
Wesley is buried in Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian Military cemetery in France. The cemetery contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority of them Canadian. There was a letter to his parents saying “Information has just been received from overseas that the remains of your son, H17455 Sergeant Wesley William Miskow, have been carefully exhumed from the original place of interment and reverently reburied in grave 14, row G, plot 5, of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery, in Beny-sur-Mer, France.” Although he died in action due to his wounds, he will never be forgotten.
Written by: Stephanie Hare , a student at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par :Stephanie Hare, un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
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