L/Cpl Reinhold William “Roy” Weind, MM (Ret’d)

    • ance Corporal Reinhold William “Roy” Weind, MM (Ret’d)
    • RCE GVIR Badge

    We regret to advise of the death of Lance Corporal Reinhold William “Roy” Weind, MM (Ret’d) peacefully on 6 June 2014 at the George Derby Veteran’s home in Vancouver, BC.

    Roy was born in Winnipeg, MB in 1921. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Engineers and received the Military Medal for his actions during the battle for the Gothic Line while serving with the 4th Field Company.

    During the night of 31 August 1944, three engineer parties were sent out to create gaps in a minefield in the vicinity of Borgo Santa Maria, Italy.  The operation started some 600 yards ahead of the leading infantry, who had earlier withdrawn from the minefield due to heavy casualties. The gaps penetrated the minefield a further 600 yards into enemy-held territory. The parties worked under artillery fire for two hours suffering casualties before being temporarily withdrawn. Roy stayed with the wounded Infantry and Sappers, prepared a sheltered place in the minefield to make them comfortable and dressed their wounds. When the shelling ceased he went back to work and assisted in completing the task.

    Roy returned to Winnipeg after the war and went to work for the Canadian Pacific Railways as a blacksmith in the Winnipeg Yards. He was a Scout leader with the 113 Scout Troop in Winnipeg, Seven Oaks Division for many years. He retired at age 50 to his property on Macara Lake in Ingolf, ON before moving to Vancouver to spend his last 20 years with his grandchildren and family.

    Interment will take place on 5 September at 3:15 PM at Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg. {dcSep2017gd} [zsp ]