Military Service Recognition Book

57 ONTARIO COMMAND BUNDA, Wesley F. Wesley was born on February 17, 1921 in Mosa Township, Ontario. In August 1940, he joined the Kent Regiment in Chatham, Ontario, transferred to Britain in the winter of 1942-43 then went to the Highland Light Infantry of Canada (part of the 3rd Canadian Division) in June 1943. On June 6, 1944, he landed at Bernièressur-Mer with his carrier and anti-tank gun and fought from the Normandy beaches through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Accomplished in different water landings, the 3rd Canadian Division was nick-named “The Water Rats”. Sergeant Bunda, decorated by Viscount Alexander, earned the Military Medal for Bravery for his actions at the Rhine Crossings in March 1945. He was discharged in December 1945 and married in Wallaceburg, Ontario in 1947. He had met his future bride in November 1944 in Ghent, Belgium. Wesley worked for Dominion Glass and Nestlé Canada before retiring in 1985 as a second class stationery engineer. He was a member of Wallaceburg Legion Branch 18 for more than forty years before he passed away on November 2, 2000. BURTON, Harold Harold was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on February 16, 1916. He enlisted in the Canadian Army on May 21, 1942 and served in England with the Oxford Rifles, 1st Battalion. He was discharged on April 5, 1946. Harold died on March 17, 2008. BURNS, George M. George was born on September 13, 1911 in Blenheim, Ontario. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in February 1943 and served on Corvettes in the North Atlantic off the East Coast. He also served on Tall Ships as sonar sub hunter, with no armaments but was given hardship discharge in February 1944 to return home to farm. George married, had three children, farmed in the Blenheim area and worked for H. M. Fleming in Blenheim. He was Chief Steward of Branch 185 from 1962 to 1976. George retired in 1976 and passed away on January 10, 1988.