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World War II (1939–45)

The home front held a complex culture for those who served and those who were conscientious objectors, based on the culture of pacifism within the Mennonite church. Yet in spite of the rifts that were created in many families and churches, thousands of local men and women enlisted in the war effort, and later returned home. Some of the men who returned would later bring their war brides to begin new lives as a family in rural Manitoba.

Below are the names of Morden area residents who gave their lives in World War II and are commemorated on the Morden cenotaph, compiled by Darryl Toews.

Manitoba's war dead are also commemorated through the Manitoba Geographical Names Program. Geographical features are listed for nearly all of the names listed below.

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Biehl, William McKay
(?–June 13, 1944)
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 622666
Branch of Service: No. 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Enlisting in July 1938 as ground crew, William Biehl became an air gunner in 1942. Biehl was recognized in April 1941 for his actions to rescue a number of people trapped in a West End London air raid shelter that was hit by a bomb. Biehl was a weapons operator / air gunner on a Halifax III Bomber that was shot down during an air raid over France. It was one of thirty aircraft lost during that raid. Biehl is buried at Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard near Amines, France.

Biehl Lake
is west of Churchill and north of Leaf Rapids.


Cram, John Samuel
(September 8, 1916–September 7, 1943)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: J27370
Branch of Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Cram was born in Morden and worked at the Provincial Government Land Titles Office as an office clerk when he enlisted on February 27, 1941. Cram was also a trooper with the Manitoba Mounted Rifles. After training in Edmonton, Regina, Mossbank, Rivers, and Lachine, he graduated as a sergeant-observer and eventually became a navigator. He received his commission in 1943 after spending a year-and-a-half in the Ferry Command. Cram was a passenger on an American C-87 Liberator (#4140) which crashed and caught fire while returning to Accra, Ghana (British Gold Coast), after take off. Cram is buried at the Christiansborg War Cemetery in Ghana. His brothers Murray, Bill, King and Wallace were all in the armed forces.

Cram Lake is southwest of Churchill.


Derksen, Jacob
(May 9, 1923–March 8, 1945)
Rank: Private
Service Number: H69770
Branch of Service: Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Jacob Derksen was born in Horndean, Manitoba, and worked as a clerk at the Pitch Brothers retail store in Morden when he enlisted on April 16, 1942. He trained as a gunner with the 49th Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery before being transferred to the 1st Battalion Rocky Mountain Rangers infantry reserve regiment and then the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. Derksen was killed in action in German and is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery near Nijmegen, Netherlands. His brothers Abe and John were both in the armed forces.

Derksen Lake is north of Lac Brochet.


Dorval, Oscar Anthony (May 16, 1914–July 3, 1943)
Rank: Trooper
Service Number: K38108
Branch of Service: Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born at Kaleida, Manitoba, Oscar Dorval grew up in the Morden area and attended Clegg School. He moved to Birtle in 1930 to work on his brother Maurice's farm. In 1935, Dorval moved to Willow Point, BC, where he worked as a miner. He enlisted in BC and was eventually transferred to the 3rd Canadian Armoured Brigade. On July 22, 1942, he married Gladys Richardson. He arrived overseas on November 26, 1942. Dorval died the following summer of bacterial endocarditis and is buried at Brookwood Cemetery in England.

Dorval Lake is south of Port Nelson and York Factory.


Endert, Edward (May 29, 1920–August 14, 1944)
Rank: Corporal
Service Number: H20358
Branch of Service: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Edward Endert was born in Morden and was working as a labourer when he enlisted in Winnipeg on June 26, 1940. He was killed in action in France and is buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery near the village of Cintheaux, France.

Endert Lake
is north of Lac Brochet, at the northwest corner of the province.


Enns, Gordon Howard (April 9, 1911–September 24, 1944)
Rank: Private
Service Number: K67786
Branch of Service: Westminster Regiment (Motor), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gordon Enns was born in Winkler and was living in British Columbia when he enlisted in Vancouver on July 18, 1940. He was killed in action in Italy and is buried at Cesena War Cemetery in Cesena, Italy. His brother Larry also served. Enns' name also appears on the war memorial in Winkler.

Enns Lake
is northeast of Reindeer Lake.


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Funk, Nelson (? - ?)
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Branch of Service: ?

There has been no information found thus far to confirm the identity or death of Nelson Funk. Funk's name also appears on the war memorial in Winkler.

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Gross, Bernard Bernhard (November 9, 1916–June 6, 1944)
Rank: Rifleman
Service Number: H41255
Branch of Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Morden, Bernard Gross was working on the R. Glover farm near Roland when he enlisted in Brandon, MB, on June 27, 1940. Gross landed in France on D-Day with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. On June 6, 1944, the Gross family received an Official Canadian Army Overseas Casualty Notification indicating that Gross had been wounded in action. Later that day, a second notification arrived that gave the family the news that he had died of those wounds. Gross is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Normandy east of the village of Reviers, France.
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Gross Lake is near the northeast corner of the province.


Hildebrand, Abram R. (July 6, 1917–July 29, 1944)
Rank: Flying Officer
Service Number: J22309
Branch of Service: 162 (R.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Plum Coulee, MB, Abram "Hildy" Hildebrand was living in Tillsonburg, Ontario, and working as a carpenter in nearby London with General Engineers construction contractors when he enlisted on October 9, 1940, with the Oxford Rifles. He transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in early 1941. While stationed in Chatham, New Brunswick, Hildebrand married Margaret McLean in September 1943. He was the pilot of RCAF Canso flying boat A11062 that left Iceland on a sub hunting mission that was to end at RAF Wick. Due to heavy fog, the destination was changed to RAF Stornoway on the island of Lewis. On the return flight the plane crashed into a hill on Foula Island, west of the Shetland Islands. The flight engineer, Flight Sergeant J. H. Knight, was the only one of the eight crew members to survive the crash. Hildebrand is buried at Lerwick New Cemetery at Shetland, UK. Hildebrand's name also appears on the war memorial in Winkler.

Hildebrand Lake is west of Oxford House.

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Kendall, John McNabb (August 15, 1922–December 23, 1943)
Rank: Flying Officer
Service Number: J14708
Branch of Service: 226 (R.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Morden, John Kendall was living in Thornhill and worked on his mother's farm at the time of his enlistment on June 12, 1941. He was also working in Thornhill for Cooperative Oil and Supplies as a grain handler. He was the pilot of a Beaufighter XI that was hit by flak while attacking enemy shipping in the bay near Monemvasia, Greece. According to other members of the squadron, Kendall's aircraft "lost height gradually until it hit the high ground surrounding the bay and blew up." Initially reported missing, Kendall and his Royal Air Force navigator Flying Officer Roderick MacKay were later declared killed in action. Kendall is buried at Phaleron War Cemetery south-east of Athens, Greece. Kendall's name also appears on the war memorial in Thornhill.

Kendall Lake is southwest of Churchill.

 

Klassen, Gordon Fourest (May 7, 1918–August 19, 1942)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: B68196
Branch of Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gordon Klassen was born in Plum Coulee and at the time of his enlistment on June 7, 1941, was working at the Terminal Warehouse in Toronto as a supply packer. Klassen took part in the raid on Dieppe, known as Operation Jubilee, and was killed in action. Klassen is buried at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery near Dieppe, France. His cousin Peter Klassen of the South Saskatchewan Regiment was killed in action on September 14, 1944.

Klassen Lake is north of Lac Brochet.


Krahn, George Cornelius (December 1, 1920–June 13, 1944)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: J85031
Branch of Service: 415 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Russia, Krahn's family came to Canada in 1924 and settled in Winkler. When Krahn enlisted on May 26, 1941, he was working as a store salesman for A.C. Penner in Arnaud. After training as a pilot in a number of locations across Canada including Brandon and Dauphin, Krahn reached England in May 1943. On June 13, 1944, Krahn was initially reported missing after air operations over Belgium. He was the 1st Pilot of a Wellington HZ659 bomber that was engaged in exercise "Percolate" along with a number of Beaufighters. Their missions was to illuminate enemy E-boats for the Beaufighters in the vicinity of Ostend, Belgium. A group of 17 E-boats was spotted and attacked. Another aircraft in the vicinity reported seeing "a very heavy concentration of heavy and light flak and then what appeared to be an aircraft suddenly burst into flames and go into the sea at an angle of forty-five degrees." All seven crew members were later reported killed in action. Krahn is buried at Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery on the island of Walcheren in the Schelde Estuary, Netherlands. Krahn's name also appears on the war memorial in Winkler.

Krahn Lake is northeast of Lac Brochet.

 

Law, William (January 19, 1913–April 25, 1943)
Rank: Private
Service Number: H19566
Branch of Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Law was born in Morden and was working as a labourer when he enlisted on September 13, 1939. He trained in Canada before arriving in England in 1941. At the time of his death, Law was stationed in England. While descending a hill on his bicycle, Law was unable to navigate a sharp turn in time. He hit a curb and was thrown from his bicycle. He struck a wall and suffered a fatal skull fracture. His wife Frances served with the Canadian Women's Army Corps in Winnipeg as did his sister Martha. His brother Irwin also served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Law is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery in the United Kingdom.
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Law Lake is north of Lac Brochet.


Lewis, David Earl Kitchener (March 1, 1915–April 19, 1945)
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Service Number: R181754
Branch of Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Morden, Earl Lewis was an agriculture student at the University of Manitoba. He was living and working for the Dominion Government at the Dominion Experimental Station in Swift Current, Saskatchewan when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on August 20, 1942. Lewis died in Souris while training at the service flying training school. His death was attributed to heart failure resulting from the chloroform anesthesia used during a medical procedure to address an infected hand. His brother James was killed on April 14, 1940 while serving with the Royal Air Force. His father, David Llewellyn Lewis, was Captain of the 18th Mounted Rifles during the Great War and died of influenza on November 10, 1918. Lewis is buried at Manitou Community Cemetery in Manitou.
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Lewis Lake near Naicam, Saskatchewan is named for him.


Lewis, James Frederick Byng (July 27, 1918–April 14, 1940)
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Service Number: 644842
Branch of Service: 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Jimmy Lewis was born in Morden. He left Canada in March 1939 and worked his way to England on a freighter. He joined the 40th bomber Squadron of the Royal Air Force. According to reports, Lewis "borrowed" Bristol Blenheim bomber L9207 that he was guarding at RAF Wyton and set out for Norway. The plane crashed in the Thames estuary east of London and his body was never recovered. His brother Earl died in Canada on April 19, 1945 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. His father, David Llewellyn Lewis, was Captain of the 18th Mounted Rifles during the Great War and died of influenza on November 10, 1918. Lewis' name is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in the United Kingdom. He was Morden's first casualty of the Second World War.

James Lewis Bay is on Bolton Lake, just east of Norway House.


Longney, Leonard Victor
(August 27, 1922–June 13, 1944)
Rank: Private
Service Number: H103457
Branch of Service: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Morden, Leonard Longey lived in Thornhill where he attended school. He was working on the family farm when he enlisted with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on November 20, 1942. After training in Canada, Longney arrived in the UK in early September 1943 and then Italy in November 1943. Longney suffered a large through and through high explosive shrapnel wound to his right hip on May 23, 1944 near Monte Cassino in Italy. On June 6, 1944, doctors reported that he was slowly recovering but by June 11 his condition began to deteriorate and he died two days later. Longney is buried at Cassino Military Cemetery in Italy. Longney's name also appears on the war memorial in Thornhill.

Longney Lake is northeast of Brochet.


Lovett, Donald Alexander
(March 15, 1924–August 13, 1944)
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: H41464
Branch of Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Donald Lovett was born in Morden and at the time of his enlistment with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on October 28, 1940, he was working as a telephone lineman. Although under-age, his parents allowed him to remain in the army. He arrived in the United Kingdom in July 1942 and was transferred to the Essex Scottish Regiment in September that year. He suffered a shrapnel wound to the head on June 13, 1944 and was in a coma when he arrived at the 75 General Hospital and was reported to have died within five minutes of his admission. Lovett is buried at Bayeux British Cemetery near Bayeux, France.
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Lovett Lake is south of Churchill.


Lumgair, Norman Andrew
(April 12, 1922–March 15, 1944)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: R157269
Branch of Service: 408 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Norman Lumgair was born in Thornhill and worked on the family farm. He attempted to enlist with the Royal Canadian Air Force on December 6, 1940, but was rejected for medical reasons. He succeeded in joining the RCAF after enlisting again on February 26, 1942. On the night of March 15 and 16, 1944, Lumgair was the pilot of a Lancaster II bomber that failed to return to base after bombing operations over Stuttgart, Germany. All seven crew members were reported missing and then later killed in action. Their Lancaster bomber was one of 37 aircraft lost during the raid on Stuttgart. His brother, Warrant Officer Robert Oliver Lumgair, also served in the RCAF and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a result of his actions during a bombing operation over Hanover, Germany, in October 1943. Lumgair is buried at Hilsenheim Communal Cemetery in Hilsenheim, France. Lumgair's name also appears on the war memorial in Thornhill.

Lumgair Creek is on Sipiwesk Lake, northeast of Wabowden.

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Monoghan, Allan Davis (October 7, 1920–May 14, 1943)
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Service Number: R133810
Branch of Service: 57 (R.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Morden, Allan Monoghan first enlisted on September 18, 1939, with the Canadian Active Service Force and joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. At the time, he was working in Morden for the Rabinovitch Brothers as a clerk. He worked as an instructor in light machine gun at Camp Borden for 18 months. In September 1941, Monoghan was discharged from the army and re-enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. On May 14, 1943, Monoghan was an air gunner on a Lancaster bomber that was making an attack on Pilsen, Germany. The plane was shot down between Ruehlertwist and Neuringe, Germany, with all crew lost. Monoghan is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery south of Kleve, Germany. His brothers Ramsay and Douglas also served.

Monaghan Lake is between Flin Flon and Sand Lake Provincial Park.


Oddy, Herbert (October 18, 1921–July 27, 1943)
Rank: Private
Service Number: H17792
Branch of Service: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born as Herbert Earl Perry, Herbert Oddy was adopted by Jane Oddy on August 8, 1927. Oddy worked as a farm labourer for Albert Irving of Darlingford, Manitoba. He enlisted on November 4, 1941, and after training with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Winnipeg for six months, arrived in the United Kingdom in May 1942. In June 1943, Oddy reached Italy where he was killed in action in Sicily. Oddy is buried at Agira Canadian War Cemetery in Sicily, Italy.
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Oddy Lake is north of Lac Brochet.

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Piercy, Reginald Frank (August 16, 1909–February 25, 1945)
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Service Number: R253010
Branch of Service: 429 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frank Piercy was born in the RM of Daly. He attended #3 Bombing and Gunnery School near Portage la Prairie from December 1943 to March 1944. Piercy was on a Halifax III bomber that was ordered to lay mines in the Oslo Fjord, Norway. All seven crew members were reported lost. Piercy is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in the United Kingdom. Piercy's name is also on the war memorial in Rivers, Manitoba.

Piercy Lake is northwest of Churchill.

Ratinksy, Walter (July 14, 1918–July 4, 1944)
Rank: Rifleman
Service Number: H41254
Branch of Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Walter Rohatynski served as Walter Ratinsky. Born in Winnipeg, Ratinsky enlisted with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on June 27, 1940. At the time, he was living in Morden with his family and working as a labourer at Albert Spangelo's plant nursery. He arrived in the United Kingdom in September 1941 where he trained until D-Day. Ratinsky was killed in action in France. He is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Normandy east of the village of Reviers, France.

Ratinsky Lake is north of Lac Brochet.


Reichert, Clifford Clarence (October 25, 1919–June 22, 1943)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: J18083
Branch of Service: 408 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Thornhill, Clifford Reichert attended school in Thornhill. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and trained in Brandon, Edmonton, and Calgary. Reichert was the pilot of a Halifax bomber that hit by fire from an enemy night-fighter and shot down and crashed into the river Lek in the Netherlands during a mission to Krefeld, Germany. Despite fire sweeping the cockpit, Reichert kept the plane level allowing two surviving crew to escape. One of them, air gunner Flying Officer George Pridham, wrote the following in a letter to Reichert's parents in November, 1943:

"As you may know I was a member of your son's crew. I though I had better drop you a line and tell you about Clifford. He was the bravest man I ever knew. He died to save my life. The Germans informed me that the crew were all dead except the navigator and myself. I had my leg shot off, and Clifford held the ship up so I could get out, then it was too late for him. The navigator, Russell, got out without a scratch … It pains me every time I think of him. He was the best pilot that ever flew."

Reichert was recommended for a Victoria Cross but was Mentioned in Despatches instead.

His brothers Howard, Edward and William Henry also served. Reichert is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in the United Kingdom. Reichert's name is also on the war memorial in Thornhill. A scouting group in the Netherlands is named in honour of Reichert.

Reichert Lake is northeast of Flin Flon.

Runner, Joseph Moore (October 28, 1917–March 8, 1942)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: J15172
Branch of Service: 115 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Joseph Runner was born in Winnipeg and was living in Treherne, Manitoba, when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on May 9, 1940. In March 1942, Runner was an air gunner on a Wellington bomber that failed to return from a mission over France. Runner was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal in March 1942:

"This airman has proved himself to be a cool and courageous air gunner when flying over well defended areas in difficult conditions. Apart from his duties as rear gunner, Sgt. Runner has always taken a keen interest in map reading and in obtaining intelligent information whilst over enemy territory. On several occasions it has been largely due to his excellent pin pointing that his crew have been able to identify and bomb their objective. The sorties in which he has participated have included many of most important targets in Germany and occupied territory."

Runner's name is also on the war memorial in Treherne, Manitoba.

Runner Lake is straight north of Flin Flon.


Schellenberg, Herman Stephen
(April 20, 1915–November 21, 1943)
Rank: Flying Officer
Service Number: J9154
Branch of Service: 418 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Herman "Schelly" Schellenberg was born in Herbert, Saskatchewan and was living in New Bothwell, Manitoba, when he enlisted on July 25, 1940. At the time, he was working as a school teacher in Altona with the Thames School District. He stated when he enlisted that he did "not wish to hold down a cushy job while someone with dependents does his fighting for him." Schellenberg trained as a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Schellenberg, along with Pilot Thomas Thomson, were killed when their Mosquito bomber crashed near Lyminster Church in Lyminster, England during a night flying test. His brothers Jacob, David, William, and George also served. Schellenberg is buried at Brookwood Cemetery, United Kingdom. Schellenberg's name is also on the war memorial in Altona, Manitoba.

Schellenberg Creek is northeast of Pointe du Bois.


Schnell, Walter Roy
(September 17, 1924–July 30, 1944)
Rank: Fusilier
Service Number: H103914
Branch of Service: Princess Louise Fusiliers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Walter Schnell was born in Morden and when he enlisted on December 11, 1942, he was working as a mechanic and truck driver at the Brunns Garage in Morden. He wanted to join the paratroopers. After completing his training in Canada, Schnell arrived in the United Kingdom in October 1943. From there, he was sent to Italy in January 1944. Schnell died as a result of a ruptured appendix. Schnell is buried at Caserta War Cemetery in Caserta, Italy. His brothers Philip and Ernest also served.

Schnell Lake is near the northwest corner of Manitoba.


Silkey, Samuel (May 2, 1905–December 19, 1941)
Rank: Private
Service Number: H6561
Branch of Service: Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Sam Silkey's exact birth location is not known. His family settled in the Brown district where he attended school and worked on his father's farm. At the time of his enlistment on September 23, 1939, he was living in Selkirk, Manitoba, where he worked as a harness maker. Silkey married Bessie Viola Jefferson in May, 1940. He was sent with the Winnipeg Grenadiers to Hong Kong where he was initially reported as missing in action following the attack by the Japanese army. He was later declared killed in action at Jardine's Lookout as a result of trench mortar shrapnel. Silkey is buried at the Sai Wan Memorial, Hong Kong. Silkey's name is also on the war memorial in Selkirk, Manitoba.

Silkey Lake is straight west of Churchill.


Sirluck, Robert (November 15, 1922–March 1, 1944)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: J86913
Branch of Service: 76 (R.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Born in Winkler, Robert Sirluck enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on March 26, 1942. At the time, he was a second year agriculture student at the University of Manitoba and was working in the office at his father's grain elevator in Winkler. He was an air bomber on a Halifax bomber that crashed shortly after taking off for an operational flight against the enemy. Sirluck and the other six crew members were all killed. Sirluck is buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Sirluck's name is also on the war memorial in Winkler and on the Shaarey Zedek war memorial in Winnipeg.

Sirluck Lake is east of Flin Flon.

Spencer, Ralph Ernest (December 10, 1920–June 6, 1944)
Rank: Corporal
Service Number: H40660
Branch of Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ralph Spencer was born in Morden and was working as a labourer on his father's farm when he enlisted on June 13, 1940. A few months earlier, on February 5, 1940, he married Hazel Ellen Martindale at Snowflake, Manitoba. He had also been a member of the Manitoba Mounted Rifles militia. He trained in Canada until August 1941 and then in the United Kingdom until June 3, 1944. He died of wounds received in action on D-Day. Spencer is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery near Reviers, France. His sister Myrtle also served.

Spencer Lake is north of Lac Brochet.

Steenson, William Joseph (August 24, 1920–April 14, 1944)
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
Service Number: R106347
Branch of Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Steenson was born near Darlingford and graduated from high school in Morden in 1938. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in May 1941 and graduated as a pilot in 1942. He was a flight instructor at Portage la Prairie and then Paulson. Steenson was killed during a routine training flight at No. 7 Bombing and Gunnery School at Paulson, Manitoba. Steenson is buried in Darlingford Cemetery in Darlingford, Manitoba. Steenson's name is also listed on the war memorials in Manitou and Darlingford.

Steenson Lake is near Tadoule Lake.

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Unruh, Victor Allison (September 27, 1914–July 18, 1944)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service Number: J87613
Branch of Service: 427 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Victor Unruh was born in Ukraine and his family came to Winkler in 1925. He was a teacher in the Ruby School District in the RM of Swan River, Manitoba, when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on April 7, 1942. Unruh was a navigator on a Halifax bomber that was hit by anti-aircraft fire while on a bombing mission over occupied France. All members of the crew were killed. Unruh is buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery near the village of Cintheaux. Unruh's name is also on the war memorial in Winkler. His brother John also served.

Unruh Lake is southwest of Churchill.

 

Wiebe, Henry (December 9, 1921–December 21, 1941)
Rank: Private
Service Number: H77148
Branch of Service: Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Henry Wiebe was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and was a farm labourer when he enlisted in Cartwright, Manitoba, on May 31, 1941. Wiebe was sent to Hong Kong with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in December 1941 and was killed in action. Wiebe is buried at the Sai Wan Memorial in Hong Kong. Wiebe's name is also on the war memorial in Winkler. His brothers John and Elmer also served.

Wiebe Lake is southwest of Tadoule Lake.


Wolfe, Jacob Henry (July 21, 1921–March 8, 1945)
Rank: Corporal
Service Number: H41572
Branch of Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Jacob Wolfe was born in Morden and enlisted with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on April 8, 1941. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a labourer on Joe Hanzel's farm. He arrived in France in July 1944 with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment and suffered a bullet wound to the right upper arm on October 25, 1944. Wolfe was killed in action the following spring near Veen, Germany. Wolfe is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.

Wolfe Lake is north of Lac Brochet.

 

Yudell, Isador Nicholas (June 6, 1916–January 6, 1943)
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Service Number: R91968
Branch of Service: 104 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Isador Yudell was born in Winnipeg and was working as a clerk in his uncle Milton Rabinovitch's store when he enlisted in April 1941. He was also a member of the Manitoba Mounted Rifles and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Canada. After joining the Royal Canadian Air Force, Yudell trained as a pilot at flight schools in Saskatchewan. Yudell was the 2nd pilot of a Wellington bomber that left Malta for a night attack on Tunis. Their aircraft was reported to have been hit by anti-aircraft over Sousse, Tunisa, and crashed a few miles southwest of Sousse. Yudell's body was not recovered and he has no known grave. Yudell's name is listed on the Malta Memorial in Malta. Yudell's name is also on the Shaarey Zedek war memorial in Winnipeg.

Yuddell Lake is west of Churchill.


Zilkey, Herman (?–?)
Rank: ?
Service Number: ?
Branch of Service: ?

There has been no information found thus far to confirm the identity or death of Herman Zilkey.

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