Submitted by Maureen Riddle.
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 06:44PM
Private (Wilson) Neil Gochee died August 14, 1944 in France in WWII.
Neil was born May 4, 1925 in Didsbury Alberta and served with the South Saskatchewan Reg. RCIC, Pte.XII.9. He landed in France on June 6, 1944 in the Battle of Normandy, surviving until August 14 when he was killed during battle and is buried in the Brelteville-Sur-Laize Cemetery, Canadian Calvados, France.
Always loved always remembered, never forgotten.
W. NEIL GOCHEE Canadian Army
Wilson Neil Gochee was born in Didsbury, Alberta in May 1925, the eldest son of Wendell Stafford Gochee and Georgina Genevieve Blain,
Known as Neil Gochee he attended Didsbury Schools.
While a student, Neil Gochee served with the Calgary Tanks Regiment (Reserve) until enlisting at Calgary, Alberta on October 27, 1943.
Overseas in May 1944, Gochee served as a private with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps attached to the South Saskatchewan Regiment.
Landing in France in June 1944 with the 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, the South Saskatchewan Regiment fought against German forces in the recapture of Dieppe in Normandy, France.
On August 14, 1944 at age nineteen, Private Neil Gochee died while fighting to push German forces into retreat near Falaise.
In a letter to Neil's parents Capt. Ball wrote " His courage and willingness in duty quickly made him one of the boys which is the highest compliment one soldier can give another."
Neil Gochee received the 1939-1945 Star, France-Germany Star, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp.
Neil Gochee is buried at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise and just north of the village of Cintheaux.