Pte Michael Henry Fedun 55-D-2
Michael was born on December 12 1917 in Yorkton Saskatchewan as the son of Gregory and Nellie Fedun, of Spirit Lake, Saskatchewan (both born in Austria and of Ukrainia). His parents were married on August 10 1911 in Whitesand Saskatchewan. His brothers were Otto, Steven, Tony and Fred Fedun. His sisters were Laura Dougria Daniels, Mary Pawliw, Katie Nicholin, Annie Darrow and Rosie and Martha Fedun. His brother Pete Fedun died in 1915.
The family came originally from Peremyzyl, Galicia in East Europe and moved then to the Whitesand district in 1908. Michael and his cousin, Lance Corporal William Fedun of the Calgary Highlanders died just three days apart, on 22 September 1944. He was buried at the Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery in Holland grave 7-D-8.
He was a logger and member of the Greek Catholic Church. He spoke English, German and Ukrainian. He enjoyed baseball and softball and liked to play the violin and guitar. He read light fiction magazines and detectives.
He enlisted on December 2 1942 in Edmonton and he went on May 22 1943 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on June 6 1944 to France for the D-day landing.
Michael was seriously wounded on July 8 during the battle of Cussy in the A Coy and he was then evacuated by air to an English neuro hospital and he died there on Monday September 25 1944 age 26. And he was then buried at the Brookwood Military Cemetery.
At his headstone: THE SON OF GREGORY AND NELLIE FEDUN OF SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.