Cpl Frank Arthur Cherry 1-B-6
Frank was born on April 28 April 1921 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan, the son of Herbert Frank and Winnifred Annie Cherry-Potter, of Victoria, British Columbia. His parents were married in July 1918 in Southend-on-Sea in England.
His three brothers Robert Frank, Gerald Ernest, Grant Herbert Cherry were already overseas too in the Canadian Army and the fourth one Kenneth Donald Cherry was at home in the Canadian Army too. His two sisters were: Thelma Peggy and Phyllis Jane Cherry.
His profession was a mill-hand and member of the United Church.
He enlisted in July 1940 in Penticton BC and he went overseas tot the UK on September 2 1941 and was taken on strength to the 1 Bn Canadian Scottish Regiment of Victoria BC. He was involved afterwards with the D-Day landing on June 6 1944 . He was wounded on October 6 1944 and was promoted to Corporal on October 10 1944.
Frank was killed in action on Tuesday April 10 1945 age 23 during the battle of Deventer near a villa in Schalkhaar. He was temporarily buried in the village of Oxe near Deventer and reburied on December 17 1945 in Holten.
On his headstone: Five brothers in arms Four survive, Life’s work well done, Now comes rest
Military Medal citation (July 9 1944 ):
‘On the night of 8/9 July 1944 in the attack on Cussy (Normandy France), Lance-Corporal Cherry’s Section Commander was wounded, after the first row of defenses on the objective had been taken. Lance-Corporal Cherry carried his Section Commander to a place of safety under heavy aimed fire from the enemy, then rallied the section of the Canadian Scottish Regiment quickly and went on to capture the second line of defences. He is an outstanding example to his men, and has won the praise of all around him. His quick thinking and coolness under fire undoubtedly were responsible for the taking out of the enemy defences by his section.’
Cherry Islets of Pitt Island southeast of Prince Rupert BC, have also been named in his honour.
His medals were: The Military Medal (on November 4 1944); The 1939-45 Star; The France Germany Medal; The War Medal; The Defence Medal; The CVSM & Clasp.
A plaque is unveiled on April 10 2018 for him in front of the villa in Schalkhaar.