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Gordon Rosebrugh Holder
Lieut. Gordon Rosebrugh Holder was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Holder, St. George, Ont., and they were justified in their pride in him. He had been a good student throughout his years at the St. George Public and Continuation Schools and at the age of 17 years completed his Upper School course at the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School graduating with his senior matriculation. He entered McMaster University, Hamilton, and graduated in 1942 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. Immediately he joined the Canadian Army and at Gordon Head, B.C., after completing the officers' course, was granted his commission as lieutenant. With his aptitude as a student he combined a talent for easily imparting information to others. He was assigned to the duties of an instructor and he carried on this job at Camp Borden, Kingston, and finally at No. 20 C.I.B.T.C., at Brantford. In July, 1943, he left for England. Continuing his work until late in June, 1944, he went into the Normandy invasion with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. As commander of the carrier platoon, Lieut. Holder was wounded on August 12, at Falaise and was returned to hospital in England. After his recovery late in the year, he resumed his former position and carried on his duties until his death on February 19, 1945, on the Goch-Calcar Highway. He was laid to rest at Bedburg, Germany. Born at St. George, January 31, 1921, Gordon had made many friends in the community where he grew up and he was highly regarded not only because of his many fine personal qualities, but also because of his ability. In his death the community lost a fine citizen, and his parents a much loved son.