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George Padfield, Private, 11 Field Amb., RCAMC
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Service # H/87484
Date of Death: July 13, 1944
Cemetery: Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, Calvados,France
Grave Reference: IX. F. 14

 


 

GEORGE HENRY PADFIELD.
George was born to George Padfield and Gertie Shier Padfield on 17th Feb; 1922.He apparently had a temper and would often go away to “cool” down. According to his sister Olive, he was also very thoughtful, helping her out, when her husband wasn’t around. Another sister Elsie remembers that he always gave her advice, even writing from overseas.” Jordy” as he was sometime called would often get into scraps with his brother Bill, perhaps because Bill often teased him..He quit school at an early age and for a time drove his own truck for farming.
George joined up in Portage La Prairie on 14 Nov. 1941; he was only 19 years old. He was also married to Dorothy Russell and had one child Sharon. On his enlistment papers he says he would like to enroll after the war in the Canadian Legion War Services to complete his education.
He was given the service number H87484 and was in the 11Cdn Field Amb. Division of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He received some training in Winnipeg and then in Red Deer. George was sent overseas to England 2 June 1942. Here he had further training until being sent to France on 4 July 1944 and 9 days later, on the 13th of July 1944, at the age of 22, he was killed by enemy action. A telegram was sent to his wife on the 17th of July 1944.
George was first buried at Verson Villa JeanneD’Arc in France and then later reburied in Grave 14, Row F, and Plot 9 of the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery in France. He had been in the service a total of 968 days.
He had earned the following medals, 1939 –45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defense Medal, War Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp. Also his mother was sent the Memorial Cross, which was given to widows and mothers of those who made the supreme sacrifice for their country.
Geroge’s story is probably similar to thousands of young men who gave up their lives so that we can have what we have today and that is why it is important that we never forget the sacrifice they made.

Ken and Betty Padfield