Lieutenant Joseph P Rousseau

02 May 1921 - 07 Jun 1944

  • CVSM with Clasp Ribbon

Joseph Philippe Rousseau was the son of J. M. A. L. and Gabrielle Fafard Rousseau, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada. He enlisted on 28 August 1941 in La Regiment de la Chaudierd.

He was 5’ 9“, Fair Complexion, 166 lbs, Blue eyes, blond hair, with 20/20 vision. He arrived in UK on 18 August 1942.

His brother, Lt Maurice Rousseau, also served in the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Lieutenant Rousseau transferred to 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion on 8 March 1943 and qualified as a parachutist on 31 September 1943 and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Lt Rousseau and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion jumped into France on 5/6 June 1944. He was killed in action on 7 June 1944, aged 23, and was given a field burial in St Vasten Auge. He was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 6 September 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

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