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Name: Arthur John Surette Rank: Private Service No: F/86933 Regiment/Service: North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: December 3, 1915 Place of Birth: Pinkney’s Point, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: July 12, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 25 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: Medium Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Previous Military : 2nd West Nova Scotia Regiment (January 1941) Trade: Fisherman Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mrs Emma Surette (Mother) Pinkney’s Point, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: June 11, 1944 Age: 28 Cemetery: Brookwood Military Cemetery (Surrey, England) Grave Reference: 55. I. 3. The 107th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 456 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 1 Arthur Surette was the son of Thomas John and Rose Emma Surette, of Pinkney's Point, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. Canada. He had seven brothers and eight sisters. His brother, Donald Francois Surette also served during the war. The family was originally from Pinkney’s Point. A fisherman by trade, he helped support the family as his father was in ill health. There were six children at home under the age of sixteen; Edward (14), Arnold (12), Clarence (8), Anita (13), and Angeline (10). Arthur enlisted at Yarmouth and was taken on strength for No. 6 District Depot and was attached to Canadian Army's 14 Advanced Infantry (Rifle) Training Centre at Aldershot. He was transferred to No. 60 CABTC Yarmouth between August 1, 1941 and October 1, 1941 and then completed advanced training at Aldershot, NS. He went overseas as re-enforcement for the North Nova Scotia Highlanders arriving in England on December 26, 1941. He disembarked in Normandy on June 6, 1944 with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and was severely wounded in action by multiple gun shot wounds (grenade) June 7, 1944 and retuned to England for hospitalization; however, he died June 11, 1944. He was buried the following day in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. His sister, Anita recalling the war, years later, remembered her family all wore black bands on their arms and a wreath on their door. He was the first of her brothers to leave, and before he left he picked up all the children and said, “I’ll be back and bring you a piece of Hitler’s moustache.”
Arthur John Surette
Brookwood Military Cemetery