Lt Fredrick Earl "George" Cartwright, CD (Ret'd)

    • Lt Fredrick Earl "George" Cartwright, CD (Ret'd) in Belgium 1945
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    • Lt Fredrick Earl "George" Cartwright, CD (Ret'd) in Belgium 1945

    We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant Fredrick Earl "George" Cartwright of Drummondville, QC on 10 July 2017 at the age of 92 years.

    Born in New Glascow, NS, he was nicknamed George by his fathe. In 1928, his father took a job as a chef and moved the family to Quebec where George grew up and was active in Scouting.  In November 1942, only months after he turned 18, George enlisted in the 9th Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers. He trained as radio operator in Camp Petawawa, ON before being sent overseas in 1944.

    George operated in an armoured engineer reconnaissance detachment, at the front and sometimes behind enemy lines. He fought through France, Belgium and Holland. In an interview later in life, he described the experience as one of fear, hunger and fatigue.

    George returned to Drummondville in 1945 and returned to his job at Canadian Celanese where he worked for another 42 years. In 1953, George enrolled in the 46th Field Artillery Regiment as a musician.  He continued to serve after the unit was re-roled as the 6th Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment in 1968. As well as being a member of the Legion, he was also active in the Army Cadet organization for five years and the rank of lieutenant. In total, George spent 37 years in uniform.  For his service, he was honoured with the Medal of the Quebec National Assembly shortly after he died.

    Visitation will be held at the Yves Houle Funeral home in ­Drummondville on Friday, 28 July from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and ­Saturday 29 July from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 4:30 p.m. at Saint-George Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charitable organization of your choice in his memory would be appreciated. {dcNov19gd}