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Stuart Laverne Shantz
Cpl. Stuart Laverne Shantz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Shantz, R.R. 1, St. George, lost his life in Normandy on July 25, 1944, fighting at Caen, and by his gallant sacrifice helped make possible the final triumph in Normandy. Cpl. Shantz was buried in the Canadian Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. Enlisting with the 1st Battalion, Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles, in July, 1940, Cpl. Shantz trained at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., in Nanaimo and at other camps in British Columbia, in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In January, 1943, he took an instructor's course at Aldershot, N.S., and by this time acquired his corporal's stripes. He was moved overseas in May and was transferred to the Toronto Scottish Regiment, with which he served until the time of his death. Born in Elmira, July 15, 1920, Stuart lived there until he was eight years old when, with his family, he moved to Kitchener. There he attended Suddaby School and Zion Evangelical Church and Sunday School. He united with the church at the age of 15, and had his membership transferred to the St. George United Church when his family moved to that community. He was employed in the shipping room at Hamlin-Metcalfe Candy Factory, Kitchener, up until a few months before his enlistment when he came home. He was a hockey enthusiast and played in the school, Sunday School and in the industrial leagues.