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Arthur D Switzer

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Arthur D Switzer

Arthur D. Switzer was born on September 16, 1923. His parents' names were Barclay and Bessie Switzer. He was born and lived in Binbrook, Ontario. Mr. Switzer spent a lot of his time on his Grandfather’s farm. He spent lots of time with his 3 brothers, Donald, Craig and Harley Switzer. Arthur was the oldest of the 4 boys. He went to school in Binbrook Township; he had only completed one year of high school before he started working as a truck driver for a road construction company. This happened before he enlisted in the military. He was added to a military organization for all purposes of having enlisted to the Canadian Army on January 22, 1943 in Simcoe, Ontario. He was 20 years old at the time. A month after, he was taken on strength to the Canadian Mortar Training on March 31, 1943. On May 28, 1943 he completed this course and qualified. On the first of September 1943, he was transferred to Windsor, Nova Scotia. He arrived in France on December 2, 1943 after leaving Nova Scotia on November 27. In February 1944, he was taken to the 5th Field Company R.C.E as a part of his final preparation for the upcoming Normandy invasion. On the date of June 3, 1944 the military was instructed to load the ships and spend the night heading across the English Channel to Normandy Beaches in France to arrive on June 6, 1944, known commonly as D-Day. He was killed on June 6, 1944 serving in the Canadian Army attempting to clear the beaches of any German obstacles. Arthur D. Switzer is buried at a Canadian Military Cemetery located in Beny-sur-Mer, France. His headstone is one of 2048 World War Two Canadian fallen heroes. He was only 21 when he passed. His mother Bessie Isabel Switzer, has received his medals that he was awarded during the time he served. He was awarded The 1939-1945 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1935-1945 and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp for all of his efforts and his sacrifice for our benefit. Rest in Peace, Arthur Douglas Switzer.

With this information, I went to and searched for any Switzers currently living in Binbrook, Ontario. What I found was that there are four currently living Switzers that they know of. I think that this is pretty cool because they might be related to Arthur D. Switzer. I also think that this is cool because they are living in Binbrook where Mr Switzer lived and where he was born.

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