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Alexander, Stanley James (S.J.)

Rank Spr.
Service # A19237
Unit # Royal Canadian Engineers, 7th Field Co.
Resident Erieau

Son of Mrs. Norman Alexander of 48 Harvey St., Chatham, ON.  Stanley who had been a member of the crew on the S.S. Alexander Leslie that delivered coal to the port of Erieau and was one of the first men from Erieau to enlist.

Stanley enlisted in the RCE in London, ON. He trained for eleven months before going overseas to England. Before the raid on Dieppe, an accomplished pianist and a member of a popular touring orchestra entertaining troops. The orchestra would be broken up after Dieppe due to deaths and woundings.

While in England he married an English girl Eileen and they had a daughter. They would arrive in Canada after Stanley arrived back home.

He was involved in the Dieppe Raid originally  reported as MIA in the WS 19/09/42. However Stanley made his way back to England. It was reported in the CDN 16/09/42 that a “terse message, received by his parents,” that in fact Stanley was safe and returned to England after the battle on the Dieppe beaches. 

He would next be involved in the invasion of Sicily and then Italy. He was transferred to the First Canadian Division in the fighting in Belgium, Holland and Germany where he was slightly wounded, he made a complete recovery.

He was with the army in Italy in January of 1944. It was there in that he learned that he was the father of “a fine baby daughter” in England.    

The CDN 28/06/45 was reported to have arrived in Halifax on 26 June on his way home.

Reported to be living in Erieau.  Husband of Eileen.


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