Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY (photo added)

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Rank Corporal
Forenames GEORGE ALBERT
Surname HADLEY (photo added)
Initials G A
Place of Birth TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
Date of Birth Sunday, 22 July 1917
Date of Death Monday, 26 June 1944
Age 26
Nationality Canadian
Residence or Entered Service From TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
Service Number B/63715
Force Canadian Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Canadian Infantry Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron Unknown
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, REVIERS
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location VII. B. 11.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph SO DEARLY LOVED SO SADLY MISSED BY HIS LOVING WIFE DORIS AND SON JOHN
Family Details SON OF CHARLES AND RUTH HADLEY, OF TORONTO, ONTARIO; HUSBAND OF DORIS EDITH HADLEY, AND FATHER OF JOHN HANDLEY OF TORONTO.

Additional Information

 

 

GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY joined the Queen's Own Rifles, Canadian Infantry Corps, in June 1940. His brother Jack Hadley also joined up at the same time. They trained and served with the Queen's Own Rifles in Newfoundland and New Brunswick in Canada, England, United Kingdom and in Normandy France. GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY was killed in a 'Blue on Blue' (so called 'friendly fire') incident, when his patrol was accidentally fired upon by other Canadian troops.1

 

He had 1 son, John Hadley who was born on 18th May 1944.

 

Data from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, states his age as 26. An obituary taken from a Toronto newspaper in 1944 (see below) states his age as 21.

 

 

Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, undated.

 

 

Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, taken from B Company,
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps photograph October 1941.2

 

 

Obituary for Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, unknown Toronto publication 1944.3

 

 

Original grave marker for Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, 1940/50s.

 

 

Veterans Affairs Canada, Second World War Book of Remembrance p.324.4

 

 

 

 

References
1. Information from Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial
2. Photograph and additional information, unless otherwise credited, kindly provided by Samantha Hadley, granddaughter of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, and John hadley, son of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY.
3. Photograph source: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial
4. Newspaper clipping taken from Toronto newspaper by Mrs Josie McQuade, source: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial
5. Copy of original document available from the Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial Book of Remembrance p.335.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph: John hadley, son of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, via Samantha Hadley, granddaughter of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY.
Individual photograph: Samantha Hadley, granddaughter of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY.
Additional photographs provided by: Samantha Hadley, granddaughter of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, Carl Shilleto and Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial.   
Additional information provided by: Samantha Hadley, granddaughter of Corporal GEORGE ALBERT HADLEY, Carl Shilleto and Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial.   

 

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Thank you for your sacrifice, Sir. How sad for your wife and baby boy,....

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015