Remember Them: William (Bill) Wigley

Part of a continuing special tribute to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Veteran profile of William "Bill" WigleyPhoto: Our Canada

Veteran Profile: William (Bill) Wigley

Bill was born in Castor, Alta., on December 31, 1921. He joined the Calgary Tanks, travelled overseas and participated in the raid on Dieppe, aka “Operation Jubilee,” on August 19, 1942. On that fateful day, their Churchill tank “threw” a track on the heavy chert of the beach. Not long after, he and his crew were forced to surrender to the Germans. He watched as allied Spitfires strafed their own men in the town. He was held prisoner at Stalag 8-B until the end of the war. He passed away on May 10, 2012.

“I don’t know what you would have called it then, but today…hell on earth.”

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Originally Published in Our Canada

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