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Chateau

 

On the 8th and 9th of June 1944, the 12th SS Hitler Jugend commandeered le Château d’Audrieu in Normandy France and captured a group of Canadians fighting at nearby Putot en Bessin. The Canadians were marched to the Château, interrogated, and then brutally gunned down as they stood disarmed and helpless.

A memorial stele of white marble, with three mounted plaques, was erected in Audrieu, France, in memory of the members of the Regiment killed while prisoners of the 12th SS Hitler Jugend. The monument, erected in part by The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Association, lists all the men killed from The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, and others captured from The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers.

 

 CANADA
 TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES AND SUPPORTING ARMS WHO WHERE MURDERED WHILE PRISONERS OF WAR AT LE CHATEAU D’AUDRIEU NEAR LE MESNIL-PATRY AND AT LE HAUT DU BOSQ ON 8 9 AND 11 JUNE 1944  À LA MÉMOIRE DE CEUX DU ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES ET DES ARMES ASSOCIÉES QUI ALORS PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE FURENT ASSASSINÉS AU CHÂTEAU D’AUDRIEU ET PRÈS DE LE MESNIL- PATRY ET DE LE HAUT DU BOSQ LES 8 9 ET 11 JUIN 1944
 ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES
H41531   RFN    ADAMS, W.C.
H1797    RFN    BASKERVILLE, E.C
H10721   RFN    BIRSTON, H.J.H
H1463    RFN    BISHOFF, E.
L104452  RFN    BOOTH, W.J.
H103409  RFN    BRADLEY, E.W.
H40785    CPL    BROWN, G.A.
H41247    RFN    CHARTRAND, L.
H41294    RFN    CHARTRAND, L.
K83541    RFN    CRESSWELL, S.J.
H41713    L/CPL    CULLETON, S.
H41582    RFN    DANIELS, W.
H41980    RFN    FAGNAN, A.A.
LT    FERGUSON, W.S.
B131123  RFN    FINDLAY, R.M.
H40587    CPL     FIRMAN, R.J.
H14610    RFN    FREEMAN, L.
H41280    L/CPL    FULLER, A.R.
H16928    RFN     GOLD, D.S.
H40925    RFN    GRAHAM, J.W.
H42018    RFN     GUIBOCHE, L.R.
L105515   RFN    HARPER, R.J.
B138308  RFN    HARRISON, F.D.
H40561    L/CPL    HILL, J.W.
MAJ    HODGE, F.E.
B79614    RFN    HOLNESS, F.W.G.
B87928    RFN    HORTON, C.A.
B117027  RFN    JONES, H.C.
H41150    L/CPL    KINES, C.D.
H17557     CPL    KYLE, J.F.
H103987   RFN    LABRECQUE, R.A.
H1170      RFN    LAWRENCE, K.S.
H41815    RFN    LEFORT, E.J.
H41029    RFN    LEWIS, G.J.
A107694   RFN    LYCHOWICH, J.L.
H40564    RFN    MACLEOD, A.M.
H41558    RFN    MARYCH, F.
H102774   RFN    MCINTOSH, J.D.
H95615    L/CPL    MEAKIN, F.Y.
H40752    CPL    MEAKIN, G.E.
L104718   RFN    MORRISON, W.K.
H1777     RFN    MUTCH, R.
H42014   RFN    OSTIR, F.
L105551  RFN    OWENS, A.R.
H100792 RFN    PARISIAN, P.
H20430   RFN    PETERSON, A.M.
H9437    L/CPL    POHO, W.
H40798   SGT    REID, J.A.
H8918    RFN    RODGERS, H.
L100881  RFN    RYCKMAN, F.
H40931   CPL    SCOTT, R.
H8899    RFN    SIGURDSON, K.
H21123   RFN    SLYWCHUK, S.
H42084   RFN    SMITH, E.
B32922   RFN    SMITH, F.
H138331 RFN    SMITH, R.G.
H40697   RFN    THOMAS, W.D.
L103385  RFN    THOMPSON, J.A.
 3RD ANTI-TANK REGT R.C.A.  6TH FIELD COMPANY R.C.E.
               LT    BARKER, R.D.
E21962    L/SGT    BERESFORD, W.
H45602    BDR    GRANT, T.J.D.
B112474  GNR    HARKNESS, A.J.J.
B25464      SPR    BENNER, G.A.
B142277    SPR    IONEL, J.
   CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF OTTAWA (M.G.)
C21411    PTE    ANGLE, H.S.
G32757    PTE    BURNETT, D.J.
ERECTED BY MEMBERS OF AND FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES AND SUPPORTING ARMS ERIGÉ PAR LES MEMBRES ET LES AMIS DU ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES  ET DES ARMES ASSOCIÉES
UNVIELED 8 JUNE 1989 BY COLONEL, THE HONORABLE G.L. MOLGAT, SENATOR INAUGURÉ LE 8 JUIN 1989 PAR COLONEL L’HONORABLE  G.L.MOLGAT, SÉNATEUR

 

In 1996, Major H. Cliff Chadderton, CC, OStJ, OOnt (retired) produced a documentary, Take no Prisoners, on the events at Château d’Audrieu for the War Amps (available from the War Amps website).

Maj Chadderton served with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles during the Second World War, and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the War Amps in 1965, a post he held retiring in 2009 at the age of ninety (Maj Chadderton received an artificial leg after being wounded by a grenade near Leopold Canal).

A companion document to the documentary is available for reading here.

Major Chadderton passed away 30 November 2013, aged 94. He will be sorely missed. A biography on The War Amps website can be found here.

 

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