B64929 Rifleman Albert Edward Sturrock was born on 21 September 1919 in Erskine, Alberta, the son of George Sturrock Jnr and Mary Rose ‘Mae’ Yates. He had three brothers and three sisters.
He attended schools at Merton and Bronte, Alberta before moving to Toronto with his family.
Sturrock enlisted with The Queen’s Own Rifles on 6 January 1942. He trained in Guelph, Brampton and Camp Borden, before arriving in the United Kingdom on 31 August 1941. He was posted from the reinforcement unit to the QOR on 27 November 1942.
Rifleman Sturrock landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action, aged 24. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. C. 5.
His parents had separated and his will left everything to his father who by the time of his son’s death, had already died. The father’s estate went to his common-law wife so she received Albert’s war gratuity. Albert’s mother was very distressed by this and wrote letters to Prime Minister King, Governor General Viscount Alexander, Field Marshal Montgomery, and finally to His Majesty King George – a copy of this last is in his service file. There is no record in his file however to indicate any success from these many pleas.