William Albert (Bill) Bisset

William Albert (Bill) Bisset

Cpl. William Albert (Bill) Bisset, as a soldier in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, was in the attack on Dieppe on August 19, 1942, and with many other gallant Canadians fought and died there. Cpl. Bisset had survived the fierce bursts of enemy fire that greeted the attacking force, but he was wounded as he struggled to take one of the pillboxes in the German defense system. Cpl. Bisset had not waited for Canada to call him into her service; he was eager to take up arms for her and on September 13, 1939, he enlisted. He was 38 years of age. He trained in Canada until 1940, then embarked for England. In November of that first year of war, he married Miss Gladys Harrison and after he had sailed for overseas, twin sons were born, but only Billy survived. Cpl. Bisset had a talent for sketching in black and white and he was so fond of his hobby, that he carried it into his army life. When Mrs. Bisset received her husband's belongings, among them were many sketches, some of them unfinished, of his camp friends and camp life. Cpl. Bisset, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bisset, 183 Wellington St., lived in Brantford from the time he was five years of age. He attended Alexandra Presbyterian Church. He is buried in Des Vertus Cemetery at Hautot-sur-le-Mer, France.

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