Name:Rank:Service No: Service: Date of Birth:Place of Birth:Date of Enlistment:Place of Enlistment:Address At Enlistment:Age at Enlistment:Height: Complexion:Eyes:Hair: Trade:Marital Status:Religion:Next of Kin:Date of Death: Age at Death:Cemetery: Grave Reference:
Raymond BekerSergeantR/252349Royal Canadian Air ForceApril 24, 1924Windsor, Hants Co., NSMay 22, 1943Halifax, NSWindsor, NS195 feet. 5 inchesmediumbluedark brownStore ClerkSingleUnitedEdwin Beker (Father) WindsorDecember 14, 194319Windsor (Maplewood) Cemetery, NS Lot 116Commemorated on page 135 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 22Raymond was the son of Edwin and Nellie Blanche (Chandler) Beker, of Windsor. He had two brothers, Roland who served overseas, and Ernest who served with the RCAF. He had three sisters, Elizabeth, Dorothy, and Rachel. He was the youngest of the children. He attended school until the age of 16, completing Grade VIII. He continued to study Auto Mechanics at the NS Technical School at Windsor in 1939 and 1940. Following school he went to work, employed as a clerk with W. G. McLeod in 1939 and 1940; Acadia Store in Windsor in 1940 and 1942 and with R. M. Giffin Retail Store in Windsor until his enlistment on May 22, 1943. He served with Cadets for three years while in school and during April and May of 1943 he was a Trooper with No. 36 Reserve Recce. Squadron at Windsor. Sergeant Beker was returning from leave on December 14, 1943 with four companions, and was walking along the road in the direction of No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School, MacDonald, Manitoba, when he was struck by a RCAF vehicle. Death was instantaneous. No one else was injured. His body was returned to Windsor, NS and he was buried in the Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor.