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Name: Andrew (Andre) William (Guillaume) Boudreau Rank: Private Service No: F/40058 Regiment: West Nova Scotia Regiment, RCIC Date of Birth: June 29, 1915 Place of Birth: Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: January 15, 1940 Place of Enlistment: Aldershot, NS Address at Enlistment: Upper Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 24 Height: 5 feet, 10 ½ inches Weight: 134 lbs Complexion: Medium Eye Colour: Hazel Hair Colour: Dark Brown Trade: Labourer / Truck Driver Marital status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Eloi Anselm Boudreau (Father) Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., NS (at enlistment) Date of Death: August 2, 1943 Age at Death: 28 Cemetery: Agira Canadian War Cemetery, Sicily Grave Reference: B. G. 229 The 12th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial (Listed as Andre G. on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Commemorated on Page 138 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 23 Andrew was the son of Eloi Anselm and Neomise E. Boudreau and husband of Joan (Casson) Boudreau. He was the brother of George E and Zelma R Boudreau. He completed his high school at Wedgeport and was employed as a labourer and truck driver until enlistment. He completed his basic training at Aldershot in Nova Scotia and advanced training at Camp Borden in Ontario. He went overseas on June 10, 1940 arriving in the United Kingdom June 22. He was taken on strength with the West Nova Scotia Regiment on November 7, 1941. He was granted permission to marry Private Joan Casson (W/144645) on April 15, 1943, who was serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Army (ATS). The marriage was held April 22 of the same year in her hometown of Marsh, Lancaster, England. He departed the United Kingdom on June 16, 1943 disembarking in North Africa July 10. Andrew took part in the Sicily Landings in July of 1943. He was killed in action August 2 and was buried the following day in Sicily. Andrew’s wife, Joan Casson, was born September 29, 1920. Her home was 48 Salisbury Rd, Marsh, Lancaster, Lancashire, England (the daughter of James Henry Casson). At the time of their request for permission to marry Joan was serving with A- Troop, 303 Battery, 93rd (Mobile) Searchlight Regiment (M S/L), Royal Artillery at Swakeley’s House, Swakeley’s Drive Ickenham, Middlesex, England. She later served with with D-Troop, 342 Battery, Royal Artillery, at Hollydene, Beckenham Lane in Bromley, Kent. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada Library and Archives Canada
Andrew William Boudreau
photo: courtesy of Carol Boudreau