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Charles Joseph Beaudry

In memory of:

Private Charles Joseph Beaudry

January 26, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

D/122680

Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

March 22, 1916
Jacquet River, New Brunswick

Enlistment:

May 27, 1941
Westmount, Québec

Son of Joseph and Lucy Beaudry. He was the brother of Felix, Clifford, Alfred, Mrs. Mary Leclair, Mrs. Rebecca Gair, Mrs. Annie Carter and Mrs. Mildred Doirion. His parents were living in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, and he was an unmarried carpenter.

The 5'3, 120-pound, brown-eyed, black-haired soldier sailed overseas in September 1941. He served in the United Kingdom (and employed his carpentry skills) with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Canadian Fusiliers. He landed in the northwestern Europe theatre November 11, 1944 and shortly after joined the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Private Beaudry was last seen alive at mid-morning of January 26, 1945, during the first day of Operation Elephant, a battle to capture Kapelsche Veer in the northwestern Netherlands. He was listed as missing, presumed dead as of that day. In six days of fighting the Lincoln and Welland Regiment would suffer over 180 casualties. Private Beaudry's name was later placed on the Groesbeek Memorial, located in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery near Nijmegen. This memorial honours Commonwealth soldiers - including more than 100 Canadians - who gave their lives in the latter stages of the war but have no known grave.

The remains of Private Beaudry were found in February 2000 by Dutch workmen repairing a dyke and were identified by the Royal Netherlands Army.

Private Beaudry will be interred in Plot 12, Row D, Grave 10A of Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, during a military service at 11 a.m. November 2. The inscription on his grave marker, selected by his next of kin, will read:

SOFTLY THE LEAVES OF MEMORIES FALL GATHER THEM GENTLY AND TREASURE THEM ALL

Commemorated on Page 494 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Plot 12, Row D, Grave 10A

Location:

BERGEN-OP-ZOOM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY is located 39 Km north west of Antwerp and 19 Km after passing the Border into the Netherlands. The N11 connects Antwerp to Bergen op Zoom via Kapellen, Pulte, Hoogerheide and finally on to Bergen op Zoom. On reaching Bergen op Zoom railway station turn right onto the Stationsplein and after 200 M turn right onto the Bredastraat. Follow this road for 500 M where it becomes Wouwsestraatweg and carry straight on for 2.5 kilometres. The street name has now changed to the Ruytershoveweg and the BERGEN-OP-ZOOM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY can be found on the left of this street. Steps into cemetery (not suitable for wheelchairs).

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Grave Marker– Photo taken on April 11, 2017 by Roger Shier

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