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Gilbank, Ernest Nelson, Owen Sound, Ontario. Military Service: Rifleman, 12 Platoon, B Company, Regina Rifles Regiment. Reg. No. B/143684. Shot after capture east of Norrey on 9 June 1944 by an enemy officer, the incident witnessed by Pte. L. W. Lee, who miraculously survived. The officer was never identified, but his behaviour was all too common among officers and men connected with the 12th SS Panzer Division, “Hitler Youth”. See PRU, File 06-46473 and Conduct Unbecoming, 108-109.
Additional Biographical Information:
Ernest Gilbank was a son of Frederick and May Victoria Gilbank and was married to Roberta Gilbank, all of Owen Sound, Ontario.
Date of Death: 9 June 1944. See casualty details, Canadian War Graves Commission. Buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, Calvados, France. Grave Reference: XXIV.B.3.