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Walsh, William James "Billy"

Date of birth:
January 20th, 1917 (Haileybury/Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:
October 7th, 1971
Nationality:
Canadian

Biography

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
Canadian Infantry Corps
Awarded on:
March 31st, 1945
Action:
Received in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North-West Europe.
Mentioned in Despatches
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
No. 10 Platoon, B Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 3rd Canadian Division (No. 10 Platoon, B Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 3rd Canadian Division)
Awarded on:
April 3rd, 1945
Action:
Citation:
"On June 8, 1944at Putot-en-Besin, France, Sgt. Walsh was platoon sergeant of No. 10 Platoon, B Company. Duting the morning while occupying a defensive position in an orchard just north of the village, this company was subjected to severe mortar and machine-gun fire, which was the prelude to an enemy tank and infantry attack. The company was completely surrounded and casualties were heavy. Sgt. Walsh, finding himself the senior survivor, reorganized the company and held his position for two hours. In the end B company was completely overrun and Sgt. Walsh and nine men were taken prisoner by the enemy. The house in which they were held by the enemy was shelled by our troops and in the ensuing confusion, Sgt. Walsh mustered all the prisoners and led them back to the battalion position."
Details:
Received with bronze star.
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Bill Walsh
  • Photo: Bill Walsh
  • - Newspaper article Winnipeg Free Press, February 19th, 1947
    - Department of National Defence Letter, 9 November 1945
    - Supplement to The London Gazette of 19th June 1945, Issue 37138, dated 21st June 1945

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