Some Islanders who served with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment WWII


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Some Islanders who served with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment 1939 - 1945

Pte Adrien Arsenault: son of Telesphore Arsenault and Alice Gaudet. Adrien enlisted in the PEI Highlanders in 1940. He served in the North Shore Regiment and was discharged in 1945. (Wellington Legion War Veteranís Club)

Pte Henri Benoit Arsenault: son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Arsenault enlisted May 15th 1940. He served with the North Shore Regiment and was discharged 1945. (Wellington Legion War Veteranís Club)

CSM Joseph Edmund Bernard Acting WO 2, DCM: son of Joseph S. Bernard and Judith Poirier of Tignish, PEI. Company Sergeant Major Bernard served in B Company and won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his feats of bravery at Keppeln, Germany, Feb 26th 1945. His medal citation mentions him rescuing a number of men while under intense fire and taking out a German machine gun "Öwith total disregard for his own safety rushed forward and wiped out this enemy position single handed, killing three and taking the remainder prisoners Ö."

Pte Vernon Francis Campbell: the fourth child of Mary Ellen Campbell (née Murphy) and Duncan Farquhar Campbell of Newport, Prince Edward Island. Just 20 years old, Vernon was killed on August 8th 1944. On that date U.S. bombers mistakenly bombed the North Shore Regiment. At least 30 were killed and many others wounded. (BURIED AT BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

Pte. Cyril Eric Dennis: son of James Gordon Dennis and Louisa "Lona May" Clements of O'Leary. Cyril was a member of the PEI Highlanders prior to being drafted into the North Shore Regiment. He was killed in France July 10, 1944. (BURIED AT BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

Pte Gregory Donahue: son of Peter and Catherine nee MacDougall Donahue of Roseville, Prince County, PEI. Gregory was wounded in France September 17, 1944 during an attack on La Trèsorerie, France. His regiment was in the process of taking out large cross-channel guns. Gregory was serving as a Bren gunner in B Company at the time. Gregory died July 28th 2008 at age 83.

Pte Maurice Doucette: son of Napoleon Doucette and Belinda Gallant of North Rustico and Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. Maurice died Dec 22nd 1992.

Pte John Irving Evans: son of John Thomas Evans and of Agatha Evans (nee Bulger), of Peakes Station, Prince Edward Island. He was killed in action August 11th 1944 at Quesnay Woods, France. John was 20 years old at the time. (BURIED AT BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

Pte Frank Gaudet: son of Joseph and Mary Gaudet of Tignish, Frank enlisted Dec 7, 1943. He joined the North Shore Regiment, and assigned to B Company. He fought from Caen to Nijmegen. Frank was discharged March 26th 1946 and died in 1993.

Pte Alyre Handrahan: of Tignish died June 10th 1988 at the age of 62.

Pte. Gordon Joseph Hennessey: son of Michael Hennessey and Hannah Murphy of Charlottetown. Gordon was a member of the PEI Highlanders prior to being drafted into the North Shore Regiment. Gordon was killed in France July 5, 1944. (BURIED AT BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, France)

Pte Robert Guy Kinch: son of Claude A. and Anne Kinch, of Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Robert was killed in action at age 23 on August 11th 1944 at the battle of Quesnay Woods. (BURIED AT BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

Pte Joseph MacAulay: Born 1919 in Souris, PEI, Joe was the son of John Andrew MacAulay and Margaret (MacDonald) MacAulay of Morell. He joined the PEI Highlanders in 1940. He later went to the North Shore Regiment near Kleve. Joe currently lives in Greenwich, PEI.

A/L/Sgt Lemuel H. MacAulay: son of Malcolm MacAulay and Elva Sheppard of Cardigan. Lem was wounded twice first on Sept 5th 1944 at Conteville, France and the second time on October 12th 1944 at the Battle of the Scheldt in Holland. Lem died April 12th 1990 at age 67.

Pte Cecil Aneas MacDonald: son of Benjamin and Mary MacDonald of Vernon River Prince Edward Island Cecil was killed, in action September 15th 1944 at age 22 in France. At the time the regiment was clearing the enemy from large cross channel guns near Boulogne. (BURIED AT ADEGEM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Belgium)

Cpl John Joseph MacNeil: son of John Dan and Kate McNeill of Wellington Center wounded July 4th 1944 during the attack on Carpiquet Airport in France. He was discharged in 1946. (Wellington Legion War Veteranís Club)

Cyril James MacMillan: son of Brent MacMillan and Nora Abbott of Covehead. James died Nov 9, 1983. Cyril served overseas with the North Shore Regiment from Nov 4th 1944 to May 4th 1945. Cyril died Nov 7th 1983.

Pte Barney Rubin McGuigan: son of Tom McGuigan and Mrs. Sadie McGuigan of St. Maryís Road. Barney was killed in action, Feb 26th 1945 at Keppeln, Germany at the age of 17. (BURIED AT GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands)

Pte William Daley Murphy: son of James and Elizabeth Murphy of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Willy was killed in action July 4th 1944 during the attack on Carpiquet Airport. He was 27 at the time. (BURIED AT BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

CQMS Adrien Pineau: of Rustico wounded on D Day June 6th 1944 during the battle to take Juno Beach.

Pte Joseph Adrien Pineau: son of Frank and Melina Pineau and husband of Josephine Mary (nee Richard) of Duvar, Prince County. On Oct 8th1944 Joseph received a serious wound to the top of one shoulder caused by shrapnel. This occurred in Holland at the Leopold Canal. He died June 6th 2006 the anniversary of D Day at age 83.

Sgt Howard Rafuse MM: son of Victor and Ella Rafuse of Georgetown. Howard joined the PEI Highlanders and was drafted to the North Shore Regiment. A member of Support Company he was in charge of a carrier platoon. Howard won a Military Medal at the Battle of the Scheldt and died November 29th 1989 at age 70. He is buried Murray River, Prince Edward Island.

Pte George James "Buster" Reynolds: son of B. A. Reynolds and Catherine Clow of Murray River. After first joining the PEI Highlanders he was drafted into the North Shore Regiment. He served as a carrier driver in Support Company and was driver for Sgt Howard Rafuse when Rafuse won his MM. Buster was wounded on February 28th 1945. He died August 19th 1978.

Pte George Preston Smith: son of William W. and Mary Mabel Smith, of Kinkora, Prince Edward Island. He was accidentally killed Nov 12th 1944 by the discharge of a Sten gun while disembarking from a truck. Preston was 21 when he died. (BURIED AT GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands)

Pte Everett Lloyd Thomas: son of Frederick Elwood Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Thomas, of Breadalbane, Prince Edward Island. Everett was killed in action July 4, 1944 at the battle at Carpiquet Airport. He was just 20 years of age. (BURIED AT BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

A/L/Cpl John Henry (Jack) Wall: son of Arthur and Mary Rebecca (Bridges) Wall, of Darnley. Jack was a member of C Company of the North Shore Regiment. Born December 27th 1924 Baltic, Prince Edward Island, he was killed in action August10th 1944 at Quesnay Woods. (BURIED AT BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France)

Sgt James A. "Jim" Winn: son of Frank and Catherine (Morrison) Winn Jim served with C Company of the North Shore Regiment first as a sniper and later with heavy mortar duty. He landed at Juno Beach on D-Day June 6th 1944. Jim was wounded on July 4th 1944 by artillery fire at Carpiquet Airport, near Caen, France. Late in 1944, he went back into the line at Falaise Gap. He was discharged on October 18th 1945, and returned to Conway to live. He currently resides in Summerside, PEI.

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