PREFONTAINE, EDWIN LUCIEN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Age
26
Parents
Son of Joseph Rene and Winifrid Prefontaine of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Office Clerk
Service number
D/108538
Engagement
1940-07-29, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Overseas
1944-03-05, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-12, France
Date of death
1945-06-09
Died
Belgium, Died of wounds (accident)
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Plot 10 | Row A | Grave 1

"LOVING MEMORIES. WIFE LILLIAN, MOTHER, DAD AND FAMILY"

Additional info

Qualified Clerk (Class 2) Group "C" on March 10, 1941.

Awarded One Good Conduct Badge on June 24, 1943.

Died of accidental gun shot wound. Gunshot wound though the head.

A/61513 Gunner Brigandi, T. employed as a Driver at H.Q. 2 Cdn Base Rft Gp having duly sworn states:
I was alone in the room at 18 Coupure, Gent, Belgium about 1715 hrs 9 Jun '45 when D/108538 Private Prefontaine, E.L. came into the room. I was quartered in the same room. I asked "have you a pair of scissors?". He said "Gunner Finch had them in the hospital". He took his tunic off. I asked him "where he was going and if he was going to the lavatory", and he did not answer. He left the room. I went to m cupboard to get my hold-all, and proceeded to the far end of the room to get a mirror off the window sill. While I was at the window he entered the room again and went straight to his bed and I did not pay attention to hime as I was looking out the window at the time. I heard a shot and turned around and I saw smoke in the corner of the room. L/86887 Private Pete, J. who was standing on the balcony came into the room. Private Prefontaine was sitting astride the bed facing the wall slumped forward over a steel box which was on the bed. Then I saw blood dripping through the bed onto the floor. Private Pete ran towards him and I ran down stairs for the Ambulance.

"If somebody asks for me I am gone on a drunk. As far as you know I am gone as of 1700 hrs today 9 June 45. That is all there is there is left for me. So long boys, Eddy."