Bettridge, William George “Boots”

Sergeant Bill “Boots” Bettridge circa 1944-45

Sergeant Bill “Boots” Bettridge served during World War II and landed with the Regiment on D-Day.

“Our part of the beach was clear but there were mines buried in the sand. On the dead run you just chose the path that looked best. Bert Shepard, Bill Bettridge and I were running at top speed and firing from the hip. To our left we spotted a small gap in the wall. They had placed a belt-fed machine gun there as part of the defence and only one man was on it. We knew from our training that you cannot be on the move and fire accurately at the same time. If you stop you become a target. In any case, Bill did stop for a split second. He took his aim and that seemed to be the bullet that took the gunner out, although Bert and I were firing too. We got to the wall and over it, then raced across the railway line.” 

Charlie Martin Battle Diary

Video from The Memory Project

Bill died in Brampton on November 22, 2012.

10 thoughts on “Bettridge, William George “Boots””

  1. I am delighted to say that I enjoyed listening to his stories. He was such a nice, gentle speaking man with lots of love by many people..I wish that I new him much longer than I did. I know he is missed by many family and friends like myself. He was the most extraordinary man I knew.
    With thanks, Brenda (George)

  2. He saved me from drowning when I was 3 yrs old. His eagle eye and soft voice will stay with me forever. Thank you again Uncle Bill. Much Love Len and Anne’s daughter Georgie Anne xxx

  3. Miss u brother, think of u often and all of ur stories and all the perils that u endured, gone but never forgotten, ur aura surrounds me, such a humble stately gentleman u were.

  4. The horror of war and the bravery of ordinary Canadian men
    who knew they had a job to do and volunteered to fight against
    tyranny. Thanks to the Queen’s Own Rifles for archiving the
    battle experiences of Mr. Bettridge and several other gallant

  5. How wonderful to hear the voice of a man we all respected and enjoyed. He is missed and in our hearts forever.

  6. Bill is sorely missed by his family and we appreciated the respect you give him. Lest we forget …. I know we never will. Thank you, Karen Bettridge

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