Wellan Anthony Smith, WW II Veteran, Canadian Army, Lance Corporal A37868

Male 1921 - 1944  (~ 23 years)


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  • Name Wellan Anthony Smith 
    Suffix WW II Veteran, Canadian Army, Lance Corporal A37868 
    Born Sat 2 Apr 1921  Windsor, Essex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Sat 8 Jul 1944  World War II, Killed in Action (KIA), Battle for City of Caen, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Grave Ref XIII.G.5  Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery, Reviers, Basse-Normandie Region, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2314  Default
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2019 

    Father John Adam Smith,   b. 18 Mar 1889,   d. 1964  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Clarissa Mary Etue,   b. 17 Sep 1891, Grand Bend, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1969  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1913  St. Boniface RC Church, Zurich, Huron, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Witnesses to John Smith and Clarissa Etue's wedding were Joseph Smith and Georgina Etue (later to become Sister M. Bernice SCJ)sister of the bride.

      John Adam Smith and Clarissa Mary Etue had three sons who served their country in World War II:

      Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Clarence John Smith, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), stationed at RCAF Station Centralia near Exeter, Ontario, Canada.

      Lance Corporal (L/Cpl)Wellan Anthony Smith Highland Light Infantry of Canada RCIC served overseas, Killed in Action in the battle to capture Caen, he died near Caen, France and

      Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO2)John Harold Smith Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) died in the Mediterranean area
    Family ID F668  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Photos
    1939-1945 Star
    1939-1945 Star
    The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific). Battle of Britain: This bar was awarded to those members of the crews of fighter aircraft who took part in the Battle of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940. The ribbon consists of three equal stripes: dark blue, red, and light blue (representing the navy, army and air force).
    France and Germany Star
    France and Germany Star
    awarded for military service overseas during WW II. The Star was awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 06 June 1944 (D-Day) and 08 May 1945.
    War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf.
    War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf.
    awarded for military service overseas during WW II. The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
    Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp
    Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp
    awarded for military service overseas during WW II. The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days)(18 mths) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
    Defence Medal WW II
    Defence Medal WW II
    L/Cpl Wellan A. Smith, Highland Light Infantry of Canada(HLIofC), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps(RCIC)
    L/Cpl Wellan A. Smith, Highland Light Infantry of Canada(HLIofC), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps(RCIC)
    The HLIofC was part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, which with many other Brigades formed the 3rd Infantry Division, which landed on Juno Beach (Courseilles sur Mer area) on 6 Jun 1944.
    L/Cpl Smith was killed on 8 Jul 1944 during the Battle of Buron (approx. 15 kilometers SE inland and NW of Caen) which took place 7-8 Jul 1944. L/Cpl Smith was buried in Beny sur Mer Canadian War Cemetery east of Reviers on auto route D35 at the corner of Les Ruraux. Rest in Peace. We will not forget your dedication and military service. We thank you for our freedom. Master Warrant Officer (MWO)Peter F. Etue RCN/RCAF/CF your first cousin.

    Headstones
    Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Wellan Anthony Smith HLIofC WW II killed in Action on 8 Jul 1944.
    Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Wellan Anthony Smith HLIofC WW II killed in Action on 8 Jul 1944.
    is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery, Reviers, Basse-Normandie Region, France
    Lance Corporal L/Cpl Wellan Anthony Smith HLIofC
    Lance Corporal L/Cpl Wellan Anthony Smith HLIofC
    is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery, France.
    HLIof C - Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
    Headstone L/Cpl Wellan Anthony SMITH A37868 son of John Adam Smith & Clarissa Mary Etue.
    Headstone L/Cpl Wellan Anthony SMITH A37868 son of John Adam Smith & Clarissa Mary Etue.
    buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Grave Reference XIII.G.5
    Calvados, France. RIP with gratitude for your WW II wartime service.
    A37868 Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Wellan Anthony Smith born 02 Apr 1921 WW II, Killed in Action (KIA) on 08 Jul 1944
    A37868 Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Wellan Anthony Smith born 02 Apr 1921 WW II, Killed in Action (KIA) on 08 Jul 1944
    buried in Beny Sur Mer Cemetery, Calvados, France.

  • Notes 
    • The Government of Canada, Book of Remembrance on Parliament Hill, Centre Block, Ottawa has an entry in 1944: LCpl (Lance Corporal) Wellan Anthony Smith, Highland Light Infrantry of Canada R.C.I.C.
      Entry in Library and Archives Canada www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
      Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead reads Name: SMITH, WELLAN A. Age: 23 Date of Birth: 02 Apr 1921 Date of Death: 08 Jul 1944
      Rank: Lance Corporal L/Cpl
      Unit: Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C. (Royal Canadian Infantry Corps)
      Force: (Canadian) Army
      Service Number: A37868
      Reference: RG 24
      Volume: 27082
      Extra Information:
      Son of John A. and Clarissa M. Smith, of Windsor, Ontario.
      Wellan died in the Battle of Buron in Normandy with respect and gratitude for our freedom. RIP
      Website at http://wwii.ca/memorial/world-war-ii/regiment/1/Highland%20Light%20Infantry%20of%20Canada,%20R.C.I.C./ reads; Wellan Smith CA (Canadian Army), LCpl, 3rd Canadian Division, HLIofC RCIC buried in Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery near Reviers, Basse-Normandie Region,France. Plot XIII, G 5. Canadian War Graves Commission, Grave Memorial # 56106192. Wellan died 08 Jul 1944.

      Canadian War Graves Commission-Casualty Details reads:
      Name:SMITH, WELLAN A. Initials: W A Nationality: Canadian
      Rank: Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry of Canada (HLIofC),R.C.I.C. Age:23
      Date of Death: 08/07/1944(08 Jul 1944) Service No: A/37868
      Additional information: Son of John A. and Clarissa M. Smith, of Windsor, Ontario. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: XIII. G. 5. Cemetery: BENY-SUR-MER, CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, REVIERS, France. The Highland Light Infantry Of Canada (HLI of C) was part of the 9th Infantry Brigade of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.
      Wellan may have been named after his uncle Anthony Etue.
      Wellan's mother Clarrisa (Etue)Smith and Anthony Etue were sister and brother.
    • L/Cpl Wellan A. Smith, Hamilton Royal Light Infantry died 8 Jul 1944 during the following Operation described below:
      Operation Charnwood was a Second World War Anglo-Canadian offensive that took place from 8 to 9 July 1944, during the Battle of Normandy. The operation was intended to at least partially capture the German-occupied French city of Caen, which was an important Allied objective during the opening stages of Operation Overlord. It was also hoped that the attack would forestall the transfer of German armoured units from the Anglo-Canadian sector to the lightly screened American sector, where a major US offensive was being planned. The British and Canadians advanced on a broad front and by the evening of the second day had taken Caen up to the Orne and Odon rivers.
      Preceded by a controversial bombing raid that destroyed much of Caen's historic Old City, Operation Charnwood began at dawn on 8 July, with battalions of three infantry divisions attacking German positions north of Caen behind an artillery creeping barrage. Supported by three armoured brigades, the forces of the British I Corps made gradual progress against the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend and 16th Luftwaffe Field Division. By the end of the day the 3rd Canadian and British 3rd and 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Divisions had cleared the villages in their path and reached Caen's outskirts. Moving into the city at dawn the following morning, the Allies encountered resistance from remnants of German units who were beginning a withdrawal across the Orne. Carpiquet airfield fell to the Canadians during the early morning and by 18:00, the British and Canadians had linked up and were on the Orne's north bank. Discovering Caen's remaining bridges to be defended or impassable and with German reserves positioned to oppose their crossing, I Corps closed down the operation.
      With northern Caen's capture and the heavy casualties inflicted on the two German divisions defending the sector, Operation Charnwood was a tactical success despite I Corps' losses. Operationally, it achieved mixed results; although it forced the Germans to pull back all formations north of the Orne River, it did not stop the flow of formations to the American front. The Germans were able to establish a strong second defensive line along two ridges to the south of the city but the Allies maintained the initiative and launched the simultaneous Anglo-Canadian operations Goodwood and Atlantic a week later, during which the rest of Caen was secured.
      During the Battle of Buron 7-8 Jul 1944, 292 officers and men died in the Battle, including L/Cpl Smith and his Commanding Officer.
      Canadian Casulties: South Africa War 300, WW I 66,000, WW II 47,000, Korean War 500, Afganistan War 150.

    Died:
    • Died overseas in the Canadian Army, World War II