Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Sgt. Benjamin William "Ben" Eichler

Male 1920 - 1944  (24 years)


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  • Name Benjamin William "Ben" Eichler 
    Prefix Sgt. 
    Born 17 Mar 1920  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Interesting misfortune, military, war 
    Military WW2  [1
    Misfortune 1944 
    killed in War Injury 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-338622 
    Died 29 Aug 1944  , France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, Calvados, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I338622  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father Julius Eichler,   b. 27 Jul 1889, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1977, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Verna Luella Robson,   b. 29 Aug 1897, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1987, Owen Sound, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1919  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F247760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Mar 1920 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Aug 1944 - , France Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • DIED OF WOUNDS

      Sergt. Ben W. Eichler Passes on August 29 Due to Wounds Received In Action

      Mr. and Mrs. Julius Eichler received the sad news from the Records Department, Ottawa, on Saturday that their son Sergt. Benjamin William Eichler was officially reported to have died August 29 as the result of toxaemia due to wounds received. action in France, August 14th.

      Coming so soon after the news of the death of Segt. Wilfred Hedley, a cousin of Sergt. Eichler, the shock was felt more keenly..

      Sergt. Eichler received stomach wounds in action in France on August 14, but it thought his condition was improving due to a letter received last week from the padre of his unit pointing out that Ben would be a to write personally in a few days.

      Ben was born in Ayr on March 17, 1920. and was 24 year of age. He attended Ayr Public and Continuation Schools. His favourite sports were hockey and softball and he also indulged in skiing. He was an active member of Knox United Church and Sunday School.

      Prior to enlisting with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada in June, 1940, he was employed with the Reid Lumber Coal Co.

      Besides his parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Eichler, he is survived by three sisters and one brother as follows: Mrs Archie Mathison, Aylmer; Mrs. Arthur Smith, Toronto, (whose husband is serving with the C.A.M.C.); Mrs. Hugh Clark, Ayr (whose husband is in with the R.C.O.C.), and Jack Eichler, Camp Borden.

      The Ayr News Sep 7 1944 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S1886] Military - Canada - Second World War Service Files Canadian Armed Forces War Dead.
      Eichler, Benjamin William 24 years Birthdate: 1920 Mar 17 Died: 1944 Aug 29 Rank: Sergeant Unit: Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C. Force: Army Service Number: A37470 Additional Details son of Julius & Verna Eichler of Ayr, Ontario

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Julius Eichler/ July 27, 1889 - Aug. 27, 1977/ beloved Husband of/ Verna Robson/ Aug. 29, 1897 - Oct. 12, 1987/ Sgt. Ben W. Eichler/ Mar. 17, 1920 - Aug. 29, 1944/ He Gave his Life for his Country/ Infant James Aug. 8, 1923/ sons of Julius and Verna/ + [Veterans's Poppy]

    3. [S2485] News - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr News, Sep 7 1944 pg 1.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Verna Robson Age: 21 Birth Date: abt 1898 Birth Place: North Dumfries Marriage Date: 21 Oct 1919 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: Wm S Robson Mother: Mary Fouyer Robson Spouse: Julius Eichler Spouse's Age: 30 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1889 Spouse Birth Place: New Hamburg, Ontario Spouse Father: Barnet Eichler Spouse Mother: Lucy Kohel