CORMIER, JOSEPH EDMOND

Birthdate
Birthplace
Blind River, Ontario, Canada
Age
34
Parents
Son of Pierre Oscar and Florence Cormier (nee Dube) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Foreman - Chrome kiln
Service number
B/102508
Engagement
1941-07-28, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Disembarked
1944-07-23, France
Date of death
1944-09-14
Died
Netherlands, Died of wounds (POW)
Force
Rank
Awards
Canadian Grenadier Guards, R.C.A.C.
Plot 11 | Row F | Grave 12

"IN A FAR-AWAY LAND HE FELL THE DIN OF BATTLE AT HAND NO PEACE, NO DEAR ONES NEAR A SOLDIER'S PANGS TO QUELL"

Military grave
Additional info

Promoted to the rank of A/Cpl on October 14, 1941.

Promoted to the rank of A/Sgt on November 10, 1941.

Qualified Driver Class 3 (Wheeled and Tracked) on April 14, 1942.

Reverts to the rank of Trooper at own request on July 30, 1942.

Appointed A/Cpl on August 1, 1942.

Reverted to the rank of Trooper for improper conduct on October 9, 1942

Overseas on October 28, 1942.

Attended to 22nd Armoured Regiment on June 16, 1943.

Qualified 1st Class Gunner on July 23, 1943.

Attended to 21st Armoured Regiment on June 3, 1944.

Promoted to the rank of A/Cpl on June 1, 1944.

Attended to 22nd Armoured Regiment on August 6, 1944.

Reported Missing on September 13, 1944.

Died of wounds in Red Cross camp whilst Prisoner in Groede, Netherlands. Temporary buried at public cemetery.

The Canadian Grenadier Guards war diary reports on September 13, 1944: 
919959 (Bergstraat, Beernem, Belgium)
Weather - clear and warm.
Bde and O gp at 0800 hrs. CO held his O gp at 0900 hrs and detailed No.3 Squadron and 'B" Coy to make a sweep. Remainder of the Regiment on maint. No.1 Squadron on call should support be requested. The Squadron and "B" Coy proceeded on their different routes to the canal. Northern ferme ran into enemy at Raverschoot 058962 (Oosteindeke/ Raverschoot, Belgium) and mopped up. Then the three forces beat up the opposite bank with 25 rds HE also took shots at church 087955 (Sint Vincentiuskerk, Eeklo, Belgium) without success. Infantry say that Jerry raft patrols crossed each time they leave. A swing br was found at 060962 (Raverschoot). Sqn and mot bn relieved at 2100 hrs with 1 loss. L/Cpl Cormier was left wounded in the legs while his pal went for assistance, when they returned he was gone. No work for us this evening, so all turn in with usual gds, ect.