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Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Joseph Paul Moulins
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Moulins, Joseph Paul F/32514 Gunner Royal Canadian Artillery March 28, 1922 Westmount, Cape Breton Co., NS October 15, 1942 20 Height: 5 feet, 5 inches; Weight: 131 lbs. Complexion: Medium Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Sydney, NS Westmount, Cape Breton Co., NS Labourer Roman Catholic Single Leona Moulins (Mother) Westmount, Cape Breton Co., NS April 21, 1945 22 Holten Canadian War Cemetery III. G. 15. Commemorated on Page 548 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 17 Joseph Paul Moulins was the son of Joseph Gustave and Leona Moulins. He had five brothers and four sisters. Gunner Moulins served in Canada between October 15, 1942 and July 20, 1943, in the United Kingdom between July 21, 1943 and June 1, 1944, and in Northwest Europe (France, Belgium, and Holland) between June 6, 1944 until his death. He completed Basic Training at No. 60 Canadian Army Basic Training Centre at Yarmouth, NS between October 31, 1942 and January 5, 1943. He then served as a Gunner with the 26th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery at Bedford, Debert, and Tracadie in Nova Scotia. He proceeded overseas on July 21, 1942 arriving in the United Kingdom on July 28, 1943. In April, 1944 while with No 1 CARU (Canadian Army Reinforcement Unit) Gunner Moulins qualified as a Driver Operator “C”. Disembarking in France on June 6, 1944, he served with the 12th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. On April 21, 1945, Gunner Moulins was serving as a Driver Operator under Captain D. G. Innes, a Forward Observation Officer, 43 Battery, in support of the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He, along with the rest of the crew were located in a barn in Wagenburg (Holland) hit by enemy shells or mortar bombs. Gunners Moulins, Arthur John Mueller (Ontario), and Captain Donald George Innes (Ontario) were killed in the action. The village of Wagenborgen has a monument with the names of fallen soldiers and civilians including Gunner Moulins. Initially buried in Herv Kerkhof Cemetery, Siddeburen, his remains were reburied at Holten Canadian Cemetery in 1946.