Private William Skirving Ducker

Private William Skirving Ducker


Unit : "C" Company, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Army No. : B 3047

Awards : Military Medal


This soldier was a medical orderly attached to C Company during the action at Varaville on 6th June 1944. The Company Commander, a Platoon Commander and 2 Other Ranks were in a building being heavily engaged by an anti-tank gun and mortar. A direct hit caused all four to become casualties. Private Ducker with absolute disregard for his own safety under heavy Machine Gun and mortar fire went to this building which was still under heavy fire gave medical attention to the Company Commander and ascertained that the others were dead or beyond medical aid before removing the Company Commander to a place of safety which was also under heavy fire.


Wounded on the 6th June, Private Ducker was killed in action on the 19th June 1944, aged 23. He is buried at the Hermanville War Cemetery. During the 1950's, the Canadian government began to map the northern regions of the country and decided to name a number of lakes after some of its war heroes; the 3 mile wide and 33 mile long Lake Ducker can be found in the District of Keewatin, Nunavut.


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