Name:Robert Francis BoudreauRank: Private Regiment/Service: Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Service No: F/8829 Date of Birth:February 27, 1923Place of Birth:Yarmouth, NSDate of Enlistment:February 18, 1943Place of Enlistment:Halifax, NSAge at Enlistment:19Height: 5 feet, 2 inchesComplexion: MediumEyes: BrownHair: Dark BrownTrade:Truck DriverMarital Status:SingleReligion:Roman CatholicNext of Kin:Elizabeth Boudreau (Stepmother) Wedgeport, NSDate of Death: August 12, 1944Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers (Calvados, France)Grave Reference: IV. F. 14. The 16th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War MemorialListed on the War Monument at Saint Michel Parish Church, Wedgeport, NSCommemorated on page 254 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 28Robert was the stepson of Elizabeth M. Boudreau, and Charles M. Boudreau, of Upper Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., NS.Robert left school at age sixteen and was employed as a general helper by Charles Boudreau in his boat building business in Upper Wedgeport for three years. In the ten months prior to his enlistment, he was employed as a truck driver with Thompson Construction Co. Yarmouth, NS. Attached to No 6 District Depot at Halifax, he completed training under the Militia, National Resources Mobilization Act of 1940 in Halifax, Debert, NS and Sussex, NB between February 18, 1943 and May 28, 1944 under the Service Number of F/602014 when he enlisted for Active Service. He was assigned a new Service Number, F/8829 at Sussex, NB with an enlistment/attestation date of May 28, 1944.He served in Canada between February 18,1943 and June 25, 1944. He arrived in the United Kingdom on July 3, 1944. and departed England for France on July 25 arriving in France on July 26,1944. While serving in France with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Private Boudreau was severely wounded in action on August 12, 1944 died at 11:35 pm. The following day he was buried at St. Germains La Blanche Herbe and reburied in the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery after the end of the war.
Robert Francis Boudreau
Photo: Wartime Heritage - July 2009
Robert Francis Boudreau Honoured by Road NameWEDGEPORT: ArgyleMunicipalCouncilacceptedapetitiontochangetheCheminDirtRoadtoCheminRobertBoudreau CrescenttohonourRobertFrancisBoudreauwholivedontheroad.Theresolutiontoacceptthepetitionwas at the monthly council meeting on September 8, 2015.RobertFrancisBoudreauwaskilledinactioninNormandy,Franceon August12,1944duringthealliedinvasion andtheliberationofFranceandEurope.Hewas21yearsoldalthoughamilitaryrecordstateshewas20years old.HewasbornonFebruary27,1923andwastheadoptedsonofÉlizabethandCharlesBoudreaua Wedgeport boat builder.HewasanarmyprivateintheRoyalHamiltonLightInfantry.HeisburiedintheBeny-sur-MerCanadianWar CemeteryinReviers,Calvados,FrancenotfarfromJuneauBeachwheretheCanadianForceslanded.31other soldiers of the same regiment died on the same day as Robert.
In July 2009, three members of the Wartime Heritage Association visited the grave of Robert Boudreau at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery and placed a Canadian flag at the grave marker.