Att. to the 4th Medium Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.
Overseas on August 9, 1942.
Promoted to the rank of Lance Bombardier on September 5, 1944.
Had one brother in the Army. Pte Richard Boudreau E/57734.
A statement made by C/120526, Pte Shortt, W.T., Royal Canadian Army Service Corps att 3/ Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders (CAOF).
On the night of approx 15 Dec 44, in company with L/Bdr. Boudreau, I went visiting the various cafes in Gent, Belgium. On our way home we dropped into the ice cream parlour near the bridge. After eating our ice cream, L/Bdr said he was going to the toilet. We went out the door, which presumably lead into the toilet, but it was the balcony along the canal. He went to the rail and I assumed he was going to urinate in the canal but before I could stop him he jumped over the railing into the canal.
I shone my torch on him and yelled "man in the canal". A light on the bridge seemed to pick him up and I put my torch out and went through the ice cream parlour to the bridge. When I arrived there, there was no sign of anyone with a torch. L/ Bdr. Boudreau had also disappeared.
I immediately reported the a/m occurrences to the O.O. 10 Bn, 2 C.B.R.G.
At approx 18.30 hrs on 18 May, 1945 information was received at this office (2 C.B.R.G.) that the body of a soldier was located at the sluice in the canal of the lower Schelde (river), Laurent Place, Gent, Belgium.