|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1915|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1944|
Departement du Calvados
Linton Charles Armatage was born February 27, 1915 in Plunkett, Saskatchewan to Emma (Jones) and Dr. (Jabez Houghton) Porter, a dentist, who was originally from Trenholm, Quebec.*1
The family had lived for a time in Minneapolis, Minnesota but in 1905 they were homesteading at Attica, Saskatchewan.*1 In 1911, they were living in the Humbolt area and later moved to the Eltham district south of Plunkett where Linton attended school in Eltham and Lanigan. He achieved a senior matriculation. *3
Linton's siblings included Don who became part of (CASF), Trenholm who later joined the RCAF, Marguerite of Meteor, Saskatchewan, Doris Rosenberger, Marion Bechar and Lillian Armatage who later lived in Meadow Lake.
After school Linton became a shipper for Macdonald's Consolidated in Saskatoon when he enlisted July 8, 1942.*1 He joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, an infantry unit, his service number L101205.
On Thursday, June 1, 1944 at Hiltonbury Camp, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Battalion was divided into two major craft loads, 2 assault companies in Camp C 7 and 2 reinforcement companies in C 8, readying for the D-day assault on Normandy. They were joined with detachments of other arms and services which made up the assault loads of company groups. In the marshaling camp, the static staff took care of daily administration and entertainment was provided by auxiliary services and American special services. Daily PT parades kept the men busy and fit while the camp was sealed to avoid briefed information being leaked. D Company's vehicles were being sent to marshaling camps in the Gosport area. The command group remained in Camp C 7.
Friday, June 2 - A and C Companies' re-enforcements were given 24 hour ration packs, emergency chocolate, vomit bags to be used if needed when on the small assault craft, water sterilizing pills and the necessary equipment for their self-containment for a 48 hour period.
In the afternoon two company groups of the Winnipeg Rifes and a re-enforcement company group of the Regina Rifles Regiment moved to the Old Docks at Southampton to board the "Llangby Castle", a boat with which they were familiar having been on board previously and were welcomed again. The food was found to be the best they had eaten since leaving Canada. They sailed in the evening and anchored in the Solent until "J" Force sailed for France.
Vehicles were loaded on LST's (Landing Ship Tanks) that carried a large number of tanks, vehicles and other cargo directly to the beaches and without which there would have been no successful invasion. LCT's (Landing Craft Tanks) were used to transport 5 to 6 tanks to the beaches and were responsible for unloading the DD (Double duplex) tanks. Some were to launch rockets on German positions on D-day. The assault men remained in Camp C 7.
Saturday, June 3, the men in the re-enforcement companies and the rear battalion headquarters people familiarized themselves with boat stations, carried on with PT, weapon inspections and their entertainment was a movie. B and D Companies were equipped with emergency rations and left Camp C 7 for Southampton, boarding the Laird Islet and Canterbury, anchoring in the Solent.*2
Tuesday, June 6 - 4:00 The day was cloudy and cool with strong NW winds and heavy seas. Breakfast consisted of tea and a cold snack.
5:15 - LCA's (Landing Craft Assaults) were manned with the first wave of men to go ashore in Normandy and lowered from LSH's 10 miles from the coast.
6:55 - The LCH's had been standing off the coast for almost 3 hours as the Royal Navy and artillary bombarded the coast, SP (Self Projected) guns were afloat, shelling short of their targets due to the weather, killing no Germans and destroying no guns. (From the Landing Craft Headquarters craft plans were made and revised. These boats assigned to the different beaches had up to 2300 messages in one day, clearing bottlenecks such as obstacles on beaches and enemy fire, repositioning men and guns to support troops, planned alternate strategies, advising troops and the admiralty.)
The air bombardment failed to materialize. The DD's (Duplex drive) tanks and AVRE's (modified armoured tank-based vehicles operated by the Engineers) were late getting in place.
At 7:49 C Company of the First Canadian Scottish Regiment (under Major Desmond Crofton) under the Winnipeg Rifles' command, landed at the junction of MIKE and LOVE for the assault on the beach defence left of MIKE GREEN and B Company (under Captain P. E. Gower) with u/c No. 15 Platoon and two sections of No. 6 Forward Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers on "Mike Red"--all within 7 minutes of one another.
Men were forced to wade ashore in chest-deep water facing machine gun and mortar fire on the western edges of Courseulles-sur-Mer and did so without hesitation. Many died in the water trying to get to the heavily fortified German positions. Once their tanks were ashore they were able to take out the guns, clear the harbor and make their way through minefields. After surrounding the enemy occupying an island in the Seulles River, the Germans surrendered.
B Company and the Royal Canadian Engineers, 6 Field Company who were in early to clear debris from the beaches and clear mind fields lost 3/4 of their men, the heaviest casualties of the landing, with only 26 men left in B Company.*2
D-day saw 14,000 Canadians land in Normandy, 1074 were casualties and of those 359 were killed, among them Corporal Linton Charles Armatage.
In honor of Corporal Linton Charles Armatage, the Province of Saskatchewan named a bay found at 57.6833 degrees N/106.3167 degrees west, Armatage Bay.*1
*1 Age Shall Not Weary Them.
*2 1-7 June 1944 War Diary of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum
*3 Library and Archives Canada - RG 24 Vol. 25341 P.221 Armatage, Linton Charles L101205
L. C. Armatage
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
6th June 1944
Note: Corporal, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, R.C.I.C. Age: Unknown.
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
Departement du Calvados
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