Le devoir de mémoire 

Message de Grasset Jacques 

C’est seul dans le cimetière au centre du petit village de Saint-Lambert dans le Calvados en Normandie, que repose Donald John.

Le devoir de mémoire est important pour nous ici. Il est évident pour moi de fleurir sa tombe, et lui dire que son sacrifice n’aura pas été vain.

N’oublions jamais.

 Translation

Donald John rests in peace alone in the cemetery in the centre of the small village of Saint-Lambert in Calvados in Normandy.

The duty to remember is important to us here. It is obvious for me to flower his grave, and tell him that his sacrifice will not have been in vain.

Let’s never forget.

 


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Le devoir de mémoire d’un Français

I had this comment last week about a man who was caring for a Spitfire pilot’s grave.

 

Bonjour

Je suis à la recherche d’informations au sujet du pilote : Donald John Shapter, J/35505, 403e Escadron de l’ARC (code KH). Mort le 14 juillet 1944 sur la commune de Saint-Lambert dans le Calvados, Normandie, France.

Je fleuris régulièrement sa tombe dans le petit cimetière de St-Lambert, mon devoir de mémoire.

Voilà je vous remercie d’avance.

Cordialement Jacques

 

Translation

Hello,

I am looking for information about a pilot: Donald John Shapter, J/35505,403 RCAF Squadron (code KH). He died on 14 July 1944 in the commune of Saint-Lambert in Calvados, Normandy, France.

I regularly place flowers on his grave in the small cemetery of St-Lambert, this is my duty to remember.

I thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely

Jacques

 

Many people in France still remember the Fallen. A lady in France who had contacted me two years ago was doing the same with Leclare Walker.

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Ronny Bosmann does the same in the Netherlands remembering Admiral Byrd.

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These are two pictures of Donald John Shapter, J/35505. First when he was not still a commissioned officer.

 

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Donald John Shapter, J/35505 earned his wings at No.6 SFTS Dunnville.

Donald Shapter is remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

In memory of
Flying Officer
Donald John Shapter
July 14, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number: J/35505
Age: 24
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 403 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of the Revd. Charles P. Shapter and Margaret M. Shapter; husband of Elizabeth Jean Shapter, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 440 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery: ST. LAMBERT CHURCHYARD ; Calvados, France
Grave Reference: N/A
Location: St. Lambert is a village and commune 20 miles (32 kilometres) south-west of Caen, 25 miles (40 kilometres) south-south-east of Bayeux, and 6 miles (9 kilometres) south-west of Thury-Elarcourt. This is a small town on the N.162 Caen to Flers road, 16 miles (26 kilometres) south-south-west of Caen. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1939-1945 war here, in the north-west corner of the churchyard.

I guess Jacques will be sending me a picture of Donald Shapter grave.