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Wilfred Earl Clements
Pte. Wilfred Earl Clements, son of Mr. W. Clements, 161 William St., and nephew of Miss Margaret Clements, with whom he resided, lost his life on March 26, 1945, near Nijmegen, Holland, when, with a forward platoon of his unit, he encountered German land mines. With his comrades who made the supreme sacrifice that day, he was buried in the civilian cemetery in Gilzerban, and was later moved to the Canadian military cemetery at Bergen-op-Zoom, Holland. Pte. Clements enlisted in August, 1942, with the R.C.A.S.C., and trained at Huntingdon, Camp Borden, Petawawa, Windsor, N.S., and Debert, before sailing for England in July of 1943. He then became attached to the 3oth Composite Company, 1st Canadian Army Troops, and was employed travelling from his English base to Scotland, driving vehicles which had been unloaded from the ships back to a central depot. Born in Brantford, May 17, 1918, Earl was educated at Grand View and Graham Bell Schools. He was formerly employed as a foreman at the Sterling Action and Keys Ltd. Going into action soon after D-Day, Pte. Clements had participated in the campaign through Western Europe and it was ironical that his life should be lost practically on the eve of victory. His mother survived him by only a few months.