MP Ted Hsu presents Battle of Normandy 70th Anniversary medallion to Kingston WWII Veteran Mr. William Webb

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August 13, 2014

Kingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu issues the following statement:

“I invite you to join me as I present Kingston resident and WWII veteran Mr. William Webb, with a Battle of Normandy 70th anniversary medallion in commemoration of his service to Canada in the Battle of Normandy. The ceremony will take place at the Waterford Retirement Residence at 11:30am on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in the St. Lawrence Lounge.

It is with great honour that I present Mr. Webb with this medallion as he was unable to attend the presentation ceremony in France on June 7 of this year. Veterans Affairs Canada has made special arrangements with the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie and the Normandie Mémoire association to ensure Canadian veterans receive the medallion. Initially, Mr. Webb wasn’t aware of his eligibility to receive the medallion until his daughter learned about it and advocated on his behalf. I am pleased that my constituency office was able to assist.

Mr. Webb arrived at Juno Beach on June 6th, 1944, and was wounded in his left arm from a mortar bomb while riding in a mortar carrier on June 7th. When doctors advised amputation, Mr. Webb refused. In the confusion of battle, Mr. Webb’s chart was incorrectly marked ‘Patient refuses treatment,’ despite only having rejected amputation. As a result, Mr. Webb suffered from gangrene.

With determination to stay alive, Webb was transported to the Eleventh General Field Hospital in Taplow, England where he received extensive treatment after the head nurse realized Webb’s company commander was her husband. After undergoing 7 operations, his arm was saved. It wasn’t long until he was granted temporary leave, during which he married the love of his life, Peggy. At the ceremony this Saturday, I will present a congratulatory certificate to William and Peggy as they are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this 26th of August. The Webb family includes 4 children, ten grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Mr. William Webb exemplifies the courage, resilience and strength that Canadian war veterans demonstrated while fighting on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy. I thank him for his service and am honoured to congratulate him on this double anniversary.”