Lest We Forget – Second World War

 

The following are some of the men with Irish Palatine names who made the supreme sacrifice during the Second World War

Aspden, William George C/26317, died 12 August 1944, 25 years, of wounds received in action while serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery, 7 medium regiment, interred Beny-sur-mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, France, son of George and Ruth (Armstrong) of Vinemount, Ontario, and grandson of Joseph and Annie Letitia (Switzer) Long.

Barkman, Private George Reimer H/42309 died 23 February 1944, 24 years, Canadian Provost Corps, interred Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, son of J.E. and Anna Barkman of Hochstadt, Manitoba, Canada.  Brethour, Private Hector Wilson 1018419, died 1 September 1918, 36 years, while serving with the Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment, 5th Battalion, interred Upton Wood Cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, Pas de Calais, France, son of H.A. and Mrs. Wilson of Kirkton, Ontario.

Delmage, Private Charles Hugh 6148959, born about 1923 County Limerick, Ireland, died 15 November 1945, 22 years, while serving with the United Kingdom Forces Royal Artillery, interred Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England.

Doupe, Gunner Edgar Charles B/40008, born about 1921, died 4 August 1944, 23 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery, 15th Field Regiment, interred Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France, son of Charles and Millie Doupe of Proton, Ontario, and husband of Doris R. (Duckett) Doupe of Proton.

Doupe, Flying Officer (Air Bomber) Richard S. Vernon J/35582 born 14 February 1913, died 5 Jul 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, when returning from a continental raid, the aircraft unaccountably crashed, killing all of the crew, interred Brookwood Military, Surrey, England, listed in Kirkton Union Cemetery, Kirkton, Ontario, son of Perimenio (Perry) Francis and Ella Gertrude (Camm) Doupe of London, Ontario.

Glazier, Flying Officer Frederick John J/25835 born about 1922, died 2 August 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, interred Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, son of Norman and Gertrude Ann Glazier of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Glazier, Flying Officer Russell James J/37578 born about 1924, died 8 April 1945 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, listed Karachi War Memorial, Pakistan, son of Norman and Gertrude Glazier of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Lawrence, Warrant Officer Allan Keith air gunner, R/133754 born 22 March 1919 Clarksburg, Ontario, died 14 January 1944 “presumed killed during air operations” while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 405 Squadron, interred Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany, son of Richard Hunt Lawrence and Sarah Jane Boyle of Grey County, Ontario.

Lawrence, Flying Officer Donald Earle Craig J27725, died 7 April 1944, 27 years, “during air operations” while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, listed on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt, son of Walter Earle and Deborah Jeanette (Gaun) Lawrence.  Alamein Memorial is approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria on the road to Merso Matruk.

Mills, Flying Officer Murray Allison navigator, J/43411, born 25 July 1925 Ontario, died 5 January 1945 killed in action over Germany while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, listed Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, son of James Murray Mills and Ida Mabel Copeland of North Bay, Ontario, and grandson of John Corneille Copeland and Mary Ann Switzer of St. Mary’s, Perth County, Ontario, Canada.  Part of the registration of Murray’s death read “previously reported missing after air operations, now for official purposes presumed dead” and “presumed killed during air operations 5 January 1945”.

Pipher, Pilot William Melville Flight Sergeant, R/78467, born about 1918, died 26 March 1942, 24 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 142 (R.A.F.) squadron, interred The Hague (Westduin) General Cemetery, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, son of Earl Melville and Mary Ester Pipher of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Ruttle, Private Arthur 3525449, born Ireland, died 31 January 1945, 31 years, while serving with the United Kingdom Somerset Light Infantry, interred Fulford Cemetery, Yorkshire, England, son of William  and Sarah Jane (Shepherd) Ruttle and husband of Elizabeth Ann (Coates) Ruttle of Yorkshire. Arthur enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment but was with the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) Regiment at his death.

Shier, Company Quartermaster Sergeant Henry (Harry) Francis H/62660, died 1 July 1943, 30 years, while serving with the Canadian Forestry Corps, interred Forfar Cemetery, son of John James and Mary Shier of Cannington, Ontario.

Shier, Trooper Russell Roy Marshall L/101563, born 27 August 1924 Saskatchewan, died 2 May 1945, 20 years, at Warwickshire, England, while serving with the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps British Columbia, 28th Armoured Regiment, interred Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Ovenijssel, Netherlands, son of John Russell and Eliza Jane (Sedore) Shier of Weldon, Saskatchewan.

Shiers, Private Harry David B113810, born about 1932, died 29 September 1945, 33 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, interred Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, son of Samuel Benjamin and Hannah M.C. (Parker) Shiers and husband of Gladys Violet Shiers of Toronto, Ontario.

Shouldice, Pilot Officer Graham Milton J/18082, born 19 February 1922, died 17 August 1943, 21 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 403 Squadron, listed Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, son of William Milton and Carrie Levina Shouldice of Chesley, Ontario and grandson of John Shouldice  of Bruce County, Ontario.

Sparling, Gunner Graydon Mills C/1526, born 10 July 1920, died 2 July1944 in England while serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery, “in operations in preparation for the Dieppe Raid” interred Brookwood, Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, son of Ralph Nelson and Lillian Elizabeth (Mills) Sparling of Eganville, Wilberforce Township, Renfrew County, Ontario.  Graydon was a cousin of Leslie Garwood Sparling.

Sparling, Pilot John Belton born 5 Oct 1923, died 1944 while serving with the United States Marine Corps interred Fort Wayne, Indiana, son of George Hewson and Velmah Evelyn (McClain) Sparling.

Sparling, Sapper John George Mervyn B/11852 born about 1918, died 17 January 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers, 2 Rly Operating Company, interred Brookwood Military Cemetery, son of George Herbert and Beatrice Ivy Sparling, husband of Gladys Patricia Barbara (Anderson) Sparling of Nipissing Junction, Ontario, Canada.

Sparling, Sergeant John Lewis air gunner, R/129739, born 1923, died 22 January 1943, 19 years, while serving  with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 427 Squadron, listed Runnymede Memorial, interred Littlewood Cemetery, Ilderton, Middlesex County, Ontario, son of Percival (Percy) John and Minnie M. (Hodge) Sparling of London, Ontario.  Sergeant Sparling’s body was returned to Canada for burial in Littlewood Cemetery.

Sparling, Flying Officer, Richard Herbert J/29535, born Ontario, died 25 April 1944, 20 years, “presumed killed during air operations” while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 441 Squadron, listed Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, son of Morley Whitehead and Gertrude Abbe (Barry) Sparling of Teeswater, Ontario, both born Ontario.

Sutcliffe, Flying Officer Carmen Fletcher 42908, born 1916, died 24 July 1941, 26 years, killed in action while serving with United Kingdom Forces Royal Air Force, interred St. John’s Chapel Churchyard, Long Lawford, Warwickshire, England, son of Rev. Jacob Fletcher Sutcliffe and Agnes Bertha Mossip, and descendant  of Joseph Sutcliffe and Mary Switzer of County Tipperary, Ireland.

Switzer, Ordinary Seaman Albert F\JX218632, died 24 May 1941, 30 years, while serving with the United Kingdom Royal Navy, on H.M.S. Hood, listed Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, England, son of George Henry and Alice Switzer of Walthamstow, Essex.

Switzer, Leading Aircraftman Alexander Frederick R/95519, died 27 August 1941, 27 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, interred Wesley United Church Cemetery, Pembroke, Ontario, son of Philip Alexander and Isabel (Sanderson) Switzer of Pembroke.

Switzer, Sapper Arthur Douglas B/108644, born Binbrook, Wentworth County, Ontario, died 6 June 1944 (D-Day) during the Normandy Invasion, 24 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers, 9th  Field Company, interred Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery, France, son of William Barclay and Isabella (Ptolemy) Switzer of Binbrook, Ontario.

Switzer, Trooper Cecil Edward H/77570, died 30 April 1945 in Holland, 23 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Army Corps. 12th Manitoba Dragoons, 18th Armoured Car Regiment, interred Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Ovenijssel, Netherlands, son of William W. and Margaret A. Switzer of Fisher Branch, Manitoba.

Switzer, Petty Officer Stoker Harry P/KX81897, died 23 Aug 1944, 30 years, while serving with the United Kingdom Royal Navy on the H.M.S. Bickerton, listed at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Cemetery, son of Benjamin Thomas and Mary Jane Switzer of Freefolk, Hampshire, England.

Switzer, Sergeant John Ross Flight Engineer, R/251797, born about 1925, died 9 April 1945, 20 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Division 10, Royal Air Force Squadron, interred  Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordheim-Westfalen, Germany, son of Henry and Wilhelmina Switzer of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Switzer, Warrant Officer Class II, Leonard Jones R\76563, born 6 November 1921 Sunnybrook, Alberta, Canada, died 6 February 1943 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 199 Squadron, listed on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, son of Edward and Jessie Switzer.

Switzer, Gunner Louis Henry, NX18075, born about 1918 Kiama, Australia, died 16 November 1942, 24 years, while serving with the Royal Australian Artillery, 2/5 FD Regiment, interred Lae Memorial Cemetery, Papua, New Guinea, son of Dearden.

Switzer,  Private Nathan James K/607923, born about 1925, died 29 August 1945, 20 years, while on active service in England while serving with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, St. John Fusiliers, Machine Guin Regiment, interred Surrey Centre Cemetery, British Columbia, son of John and Isobel Switzer of White Rock, British Columbia.

Switzer, Flight Sergeant Stuart Allen R/185480, born about 1922, died 16 March 1943 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, interred Wapella Cemetery, Saskatchewan, son of Howard Leslie and Florence (McFadyn) Switzer of Wapella and great great grandson of Christopher Switzer and Sarah Miller of Courtmatrix, County Limerick, Ireland and Greenbank (now part of Ottawa, Ontario), Canada.

Switzer, Private Wallace Bernard 42430, born 9 February 1921, died 7 March 1943 killed in action in Egypt, while serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, New Zealand Machine Gun Battery, 27th Unit in Egypt, interred Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia, son of Melville Roy and Gertrude (Newcombe) Switzer of Tekopuru, New Zealand and a great grandson of Reuben Switzer of Blanchard Township, Perth County, Ontario, Canada.

Teskey, Corporal Angus Earle R/67138, born 19 June 1907, died 11 February 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, interred Tamworth Anglican Cemetery, Tamworth, Ontario, Canada, son of Peter Hamm and Edna (McKeown) Teskey of Enterprise, Ontario and husband of Kathleen Teskey of Toronto, Ontario.

Teskey,   Sergeant Harold Rex air gunner, R/60125 died 29 August 1941 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force,  interred Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Gibraltar.

Teskey, Flying Officer John Dargavel  J/14747, born about 1922, died 27 January 1944, 22 years, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Squadron, interred Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany, son of Rev. Ernest and Mary Robertson (Dargavel) Teskey of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Teskey, Sergeant John Francis R/106281 born about 1919, died 22 September 1942 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, interred Porthcawl Cemetery, Glamorganshire, United Kingdom, son of John Francis and Mary Elizabeth Teskey of Port Arthur, Ontario.

Teskey, Pilot Officer Stanley James J/95517, died 25 April 1945 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 426 Squadron, listed Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England son of Charles Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Teskey of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Webster, Flying Officer Lester navigator, J/35507, died 21 February 1945 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 437 Squadron, interred Rhienburg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany, son of Robert and Alma (Walker) Webster, grandson of Stacey and Dora (Brethour) Webster  and great grandson of John and Elizabeth (Shier) Brethour of Brock Township, Ontario.

Wilson, Lieutenant Marriott died 28 July 1943 killed in Sicily, Italy, while serving with the Canadian Forces Seaforth Highlanders, interred Agira Canadian War Cemetery, Sicily, son of William and Matilda (Dolmage) Wilson of Morpeth, Kent County, Ontario.

Woodward, Flying Officer Wesley Delbert, J/21599, born 1911 Brock Township, Ontario County, Ontario, Canada, died 9 November 1943, 32 years, killed in action in Italy while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 18 (R.A.F.) Squadron, interred Bari War Cemetery, Italy, son of William Delbert Woodward and Elizabeth Hannah Mary Miller, grandson of Samuel Miller and Dinah Belinda Switzer of Sunderland, Ontario, and husband of Dorothy Jane Collins who was living in Toronto in 1943.