Attridge, William Henry

Rank Corporal
Service # A34957
Unit # 5th Field Coy R.C.E.
Resident Pembroke

Born 12/07/1917 at Guilds, ON. Harwich Twsp. ON. The son of George and Lydia (nee Pegg). Next of kin: wife Jean (nee Cracknell), they married 12 June, 1943 in Pembroke, ON. BNT 23/06/43.

William enlisted in London, ON. in October of 1940 at Depot 1. He was sent to Toronto, ON. in the Army trade School at Central Tech H.S. taking plumbing and sheet metal. He transferred to Petawawa, ON. with the RCE where he completed his advance training and was made an instructor. In 1942 he was assigned to 21st Field Co., moved to Delbert, NS. and from there to Vernon and Terrace BC. William was transferred to 5th Field Coy. RCE at Petawawa in late 1942 and spent the winter there. In May of 1943 he moved to Aldershot, NS. before leaving for overseas in July 1943.

A photo with three other Blenheim enlistment appeared in the Blenheim paper reporting they were all now serving overseas in England. BNT 31/05/44. He served in England before leaving for Normandy, France on 6 June, 1944 D-Day landing on ‘Red Beach’ at Bernier Sur Mer. He served in France, Belgium and Holland, he was wounded in action at Heranthaut, Belgium where he was shot in the leg. He spent nine months in hospital and finally returned to Canada in July 1945 on the S.S. Isle de France.

William was discharged from the army in October 1945. He and Jean had a daughter Mary Lou (Little), other children were Robert, Chris, Judi (Derkzen), Dena (Slauko) and Janet (Gallent). NB. He started his plumbing business in Blenheim  and ran it for a number of years before moving to Sudbury, ON. where he was an inspector for the Provincial government for eleven years before retiring back to Blenheim.

William became involved in many things when he returned to Blenheim, secretary of the Blenheim Rotary Club, member of the Blenheim Kinsmen Club, chair of the Blenheim District High School Board, member of the Blenheim Historical Society and founder of the Red Cross clinic in Blenheim.

William passed away 23/04/1987 at the age of 69 years at Victoria Hospital, London, ON. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. BNT-Obit. 28/04/87.

Afa: BUC-RH, TBD-RH, NB, BFL-B.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Awards 1939 to 1945 Star, France and Germany Star, 1939 to 1945 Defence
Sources BUC-RH, TBD-RH, NB, BFL-B, Jean (Crackell) Attridge, Mary Lou Little, (daughter)

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