DRINKWALTER, OIiver Percy

020200224_0026B135968 Rfn Oliver Drinkwalter was born in Sundridge, Ontario on September 26, 1923. He enlisted in the Army on November 14, 1942 with the Queen’s Own Rifles. The QOR formed part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, and Oliver was part of the reserve brigade, being the second assault wave that stormed ashore at Bernieres-Sur-Mer in Normandy at 8:45am on D-Day. Oliver then fought his way through northern France and on into Belgium. As a Motorcycle Dispatch Rider (he was also a Driver/Mechanic), he was shot off his motorcycle twice in Belgium while on reconnaissance missions, requiring hospitalization and surgery both times. He recovered and continued fighting on into Holland where his unit helped to liberate several Dutch villages and towns (Oliver never spoke of the war for many, many years and when he finally did, these were the “good memories”; the liberation stories always brought him to tears). Oliver and his Unit continued fighting into Germany and he remained there until the War ended, returning home to Canada aboard the Monarch of Bermuda on December 15, 1945. Five months later, he met the girl of his dreams, Madeline. They were married six months later and celebrated 64 years of marriage before Oliver passed away on November 22, 2011.

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"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"