Sgt Walter George Gordon Chilvers (Ret'd), CD

    • Sgt Walter George Gordon Chilvers (Ret'd), CD
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    • Sgt Walter George Gordon Chilvers (Ret'd), CD Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON

    We regret to advise of the death of Sergeant Walter George Gordon “Gordie” Chilvers, CD (Ret’d) at the Elisabeth Bruyère Palliative Care Hospital in Ottawa ON, on 1 March 2004 at the age of 84.

    Gordon was born in Norfolk, England. He joined the Royal Engineers at the age of 18 and was a WW II veteran who fought with the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1940. He was part of the evacuation of the British Army out of Cherbourg in 1940. Gordie then trained as an Airborne Sapper and jumped with 3rd Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers into the British 6th Airborne Division's bridgehead near Ranville, France in the early morning of 6 June 1944 serving with the 6th Airborne Division throughout the Normandy Campaign. After Normandy, he was sent to the Far East with 3rd Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers during the summer of 1945 as part of the 5th Parachute Brigade and trained for Operation ZIPPER, a proposed Airborne assault on the Singapore Causeway against the Japanese.

    After the war, Gordie moved to Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1954 serving for 17 years. He served in Germany with 1 Field Squadron from 1955 to 1957 followed by a posting to Chilliwack which lasted until his retirement in 1970 at the rank of Sergeant.

    Cremation followed by visitation will be at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2370 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans ON, on 5 March. Donations may be made to the Elisabeth Bruyère Palliative Care Hospital. {gdMar2016kh}