Bernard George Sinden

Bernard George Sinden

Pte. Bernard George Sinden, second son of Mr. William Sinden, and the late Mrs. Sinden, 4 Drummond St., lost his life during the invasion of Dieppe on August 19, 1942. according to news brought back to his father by Capt. F. J. L. Woodcock, who was with him, Pte. Sinden did not reach the beach, his boat being sunk by enemy fire before it was able to land. Born in Brantford in 1920, Bernard had attended Major Ballachey and King George Schools. He was also a member of St. Jude's Church and Sunday School. After his school days, employment was difficult to find in the city and so he had no permanent job until he enlisted with the Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles immediately after Canada went to war against the Nazis. He was later transferred to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Regiment and after training at Camp Borden, he was moved overseas in 1940. While in England he was trained intensively as a commando and so was in on the Dieppe assignment. His brother, John, who had enlisted and trained with him, had suffered injuries in England so missed the Dieppe action. However, he took part in the invasion of France on D-Day and fought uninjured through the occupied countries to Germany.

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