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Gunner Roy Frank Ludwig

Male 1913 - 1944  (31 years)


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  • Name Roy Frank Ludwig 
    Prefix Gunner 
    Born 25 Mar 1913  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military WW2 - Gunner - Royal Canadian Artillery  [1
    Residence 1921  152 King St. E. Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Catholic 
    Residence Bef 1944  148 Church St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-228532P 
    Died 9 Jun 1944  , France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, , Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I228532  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

    Father Edward Albert Ludwig,   b. 21 Mar 1878, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1950, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Emma Fischer,   b. 18 Oct 1881, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1961, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Family ID F176979  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Loretta Mary Schlosser,   b. 4 Sep 1912, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1978  (Age 65 years) 
    Children 
     1. Doreen Ludwig
     2. Gary Roy Ludwig,   b. 29 Aug 1933,   d. 28 Oct 2010, West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. Rita Anne Ludwig,   b. 18 May 1938, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1999, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 13 May 2024 
    Family ID F45173  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ludwig,RoyFrank-0001-CanadianVirtualWarMemorial.jpg
    Ludwig,RoyFrank-0001-CanadianVirtualWarMemorial.jpg
    Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Roy Frank Ludwig

  • Notes 
    • Kitchener D-Day postcard stirs wartime emotions
      Kitchener soldier Roy Ludwig died on June 9, 1944, three days after landing on Juno beach


      NEWS May 24, 2019 by Jeff Outhit Waterloo Region Record

      KITCHENER - "I'm glad such a nice person lives here," Doreen Motz says, visiting the Church Street home of Lisa Herbert-Pettley.

      Strangers meeting for the first time, they embrace like kin, bonding over a long-ago sacrifice.

      "It makes me very emotional," Lisa says.

      Their bond is Roy Ludwig. He was Doreen's father and he was killed 75 years ago fighting in occupied France to help defeat the Nazi enemy.

      When Roy enlisted in the Second World War, he lived at 148 Church St. with his wife and their three young children. Today, Lisa lives in the same house.

      Because of this coincidence, Lisa is awaiting a postcard from the past in Roy's name.

      It shows men with guns and tanks storming a beach code-named Juno in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. More than 300 'Postcards from Juno' have been mailed to the addresses of fallen soldiers in a grassroots campaign to honour their sacrifices.

      Lisa is honoured to share her address with a stranger who died for her freedom. "It really makes me think of not taking my life for granted."

      Doreen is Roy's last surviving child. She remembers him only in fragments.

      There's the fuzzy feel of his army-shaved head after she ran her little fingers over it. She remembers the cloth he showed her how to wrap around his uniformed legs.

      The last time Doreen saw her father, she was four.

      "I hope you have been a good girl for your mother," Roy wrote to her from England. He signed it 'Daddy.' She was five.

      Roy signed up to fight against Nazi Germany in 1940 without asking his wife Loretta. He was a 27-year-old shipping clerk at the Schneiders meat factory and was eager to do his part.

      "He did the right thing," Doreen says, knowing her mother was likely distraught.

      Doreen was three. She would have said 'Daddy, don't go.' Now she's 82, a mother of two and a great-grandmother, married for six decades to Bill Motz.

      Time has shaped her appreciation.

      "I don't know what my life would have been like if he hadn't done it," she says. "But I've had a really good life."

      Roy was lonely and homesick while training in England for almost three years.

      "I have been thinking of you more than usual," he wrote Loretta on April 25, 1944. "I guess it is because of our anniversary but it seems the longer I am away from you the more I want to hold you in my arms."

      It was the last of more than 300 letters his family received.

      Six weeks later on D-Day, Roy landed on Juno beach at about 8:45 a.m. The beach was strewn with dead and wounded, rocked by gunfire.

      He was part of a crew manning a self-propelled artillery gun.

      Roy made it past the beach. For the next three days his artillery regiment fired almost nonstop to fight off enemy counterattacks.

      On June 9, 1944, German tanks tried to break through their lines. It fell to the artillery to stop them.

      That's when ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE! according to the published history of the 12th Canadian Field Regiment.

      Enemy mortars fell on them like snowflakes. Unwavering, Roy and a comrade continued to load ammunition into their gun. It had just arrived from the beachhead.

      An enemy shell exploded beside them, killing them both.

      Loretta received the telegram at home on a Saturday night after a day at work selling dresses. The "minister of national defence deeply regrets to inform you ..."

      That was on June 17, 1944. The telegram revealed only that she was a widow at 31. Their son Gary was 10. Daughter Doreen was seven. Daughter Rita was six.

      Doreen is as proud of her mother as she is of her father. Loretta was strong-willed, determined to educate her children to stand on their own.

      In this she succeeded, working as a secretary to support her family. She never remarried.

      "It would have been very easy to wallow in grief," Doreen says. "I never saw her cry."

      This does not mean her mother forgot. Loretta's way of remembering was to hum or whistle popular wartime tunes while doing chores around the house.

      Doreen heard one cherished song again and again. Roy was still at home the first time Loretta heard it.

      Then he crossed an ocean, risking all to help preserve a better world for their children.

      Loretta would stand at the sink doing dishes. Soon the tune would follow. She sang it for the rest of her life.

      We'll meet again. Don't know where. Don't know when.

      But I know we'll meet again some sunny day.


      jouthit@therecord.com

      Outhit, J. (2019). Kitchener D-Day postcard stirs wartime emotions. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 26 May 2019, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9390490-kitchener-d-day-postcard-stirs-wartime-emotions/

  • Sources 
    1. [S1886] Military - Canada - Second World War Service Files Canadian Armed Forces War Dead.
      Ludwig, Roy Frank 31 years Birthdate: 1913 Mar 25 Died: 1944 Jun 9 Rank: Gunner Unit: Royal Canadian Artillery Force: Army Service Number: A35454 Additional Details son of Edward & Emma Ludwig of Kitchener, Ontario - wife Loretta M. Ludwig of Kitchener

    2. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub District 29 Page 3.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1913 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Catholic - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1944 - 148 Church St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Jun 1944 - , France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, , Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
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