April 18 2020
HAMILTON, ON - It is with sadness we learned of the passing of Ken Curry, the last Hamilton Dieppe Raid survivor.
Ken grew up in Hamilton and joined the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry in 1937. He was deployed overseas in 1940 to serve Canada in the Second World War.
A total of 582 members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, including Ken, took part in the August 19, 1942 raid. In the end, 200 Hamiltonians, 197 from the RHLI, died on the beach at Dieppe, and nearly 300 were wounded or taken prisoner.
Ken returned to Hamilton after the war to work as an electrician for Stelco and was also a volunteer firefighter in Stoney Creek. After retiring, Ken moved to British Columbia with his late wife Norma to be closer to family. Ken passed away in his 97th year.
“Ken Curry has always had a special place in Hamiltonians’ hearts. We recognize his bravery and courage for serving in Canada’s military and for the peace and freedom we all enjoy today. Ken served his country with passion and dedication. My sincere condolences to Ken’s family, friends and loved ones on his passing. Thank you, Ken, for your service to Canada and to Hamilton. May you rest in peace.”
Mayor Fred Eisenberger
The Mayor has ordered the flag at Dieppe Veterans Memorial Park to be lowered to half-staff.
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