B/43115 Rifleman Walter Chambers was born in Trenton, Ontario on 27 April 1919, the son of William and Edna Chambers of Toronto, Ontario. He had two sisters, attended Leslie St Public School, left school at age 15, and worked for the CNR as an “express clerk” before enlisting.
He was married to Mary Thelma Chambers, of Toronto, Ontario and the father of Gary Chambers.
On 9 August 1940, he enlisted with the Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles having no previous military service. He served and trained in Gander, Newfoundland, Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Sussex, New Brunswick before arriving in the United Kingdom on 18 June 1943.
Now a Corporal he was transferred to The Queen’s Own Rifles on 5 August 1943.
Shortly before D-Day Chambers wrote to his wife that “he had reverted to Rifleman from Corporal to be certain he got into the action as soon as possible.”
He landed on Juno Beach with B Company on the first wave of D-Day, 6 June 1944, and was killed in action, aged 25. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. A. 9.