Robert Stanley Lewis Cline

Robert Stanley Lewis Cline

L/Cpl. Robert Stanley Lewis Cline, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon S. Cline, 7 Sheridan St., lost his life in Caen, France, on August 8, 1944, and was buried at Mondeville, just opposite Caen, scene of one of the most bitter battles in which the Canadians fought. Later, his body was transferred to the Canadian Military Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Leize. He was serving with the North Shore New Brunswick Regiment and had been in action since D-Day. He had been twice slightly wounded at Carpiquet when his platoon was in the first group to take part in the action which led to the capture of the place. Enlisting in April, 1943, Robert trained at Orillia and Ipperwash and went overseas a year after his entry into the army. At the age of 16 he joined the Brant-Norfolk Aero Club as a junior aero-engineer and with the Club moved to No. 20 E.F.T.S., Oshawa. Born in London, Ont., January 13, 1924, Robert had been identified with the local community since a small boy. He attended Central School and the Collegiate Institute. His youthful energy found some outlet in the activities of the Boy Scouts and he became one of the outstanding members of the 10th Brantford Troop. He was a patrol leader, a King's Scout and was also proficient in St. John Ambulance Association work, first aid being his special talent. An evidence that his life was shaped as he wished was seen in the way he spent his summer vacation in 1939. He went with the 54th Battery (Reserve) to Petawawa and in one of the contests captured, against stiff competition, a first prize for gun laying. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church.

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