John Elton Fuller

John Elton Fuller

L/Cpl. John Elton Fuller was killed in action at Cap Gris Nez, near Calais, France, on September 29, 1944. With his unit, the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, he had gone into battle on D-Day, fighting in the historic invasion of Normandy, and had remained in action through that long troubled period. It was in the battle of the Channel Ports that L/Cpl. Fuller made the supreme sacrifice. While there was a lull in the fighting at Calais, on September 29, when a 24-hour armistice was agreed upon to permit evacuation of civilians from the town, the Canadian troops, under the command of Brigadier Rockingham, attacked Cap Gris Nez. The defenses were stormed and captured and the big guns which had fired on Dover for years were silenced. The body of the young soldier was later removed from a temporary grave and interred in the military cemetery at St. Englebert. Born in Brantford, September 13, 1922, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Fuller, his father passed away in November, 1943, just three months after his son sailed for England. L/Cpl. Fuller was educated at Alexandra School and afterwards was employed at the Dominion Stores, where he was a clerk, and at Proctor Packers Limited, where he was a shipper. On February 5, 1943, he enlisted in the Canadian Army and trained in Toronto, Brantford and Camp Borden. In his younger days he was enrolled on the Cradle Roll at Park Baptist Church and later attended the Sunday school. As he grew older, he became interested in the Fellowship Group and was a highly esteemed participant in its activities.

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