|Provost Survives Juno Beach But Dies At The Hands Of A Drunk Driver|
Shown front and center in the adjacent vintage WWII photo is none other then the late Sergeant Victor (Vic) May (died 1980) while he was
a section commander (believed to be #6 Provost Company) in England in the mid - 1940s. This section was undoubtedly; among the first
Provost Sections to encompass female Provost personnel as the first female Provost training class did not commence training until August of 1942
at the CTC Training Center at Camp Borden, ON. (See history segment, CWAC Provost.) Vic was medically released in 1945 but later joined
the Reserve Force, serving with No.2 (Reserve) Provost Company, C Pro C from 1945 to 1949.
The member on the right in the front row has been identified as Lance Corporal John Austin (Jack) Gibbens by his nephew, Hal Gibbens, who also advised the Web Master that his Uncle Jack had joined the Canadian Provost Corps on the 09 March 1943 and subsequently served in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, and was a participant in the Normandy Invasion (Juno Beach) which he was later to describe as being Hell. LCpl Gibbens was honourably discharged from the Canadian Army 0n 20 March 1947, following which he farmed for a while near Young, Saskatchewan. In 1956/57 he re-joined the C Pro C and was posted to Camp Shilo, Manitoba. In August 1957, while stationed at Shilo, LCpl Gibbens, his wife Hazel and daughter Diana, were out for an evening drive on the Trans Canada Highway near Alexander, Man, when their car was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver, fatally injuring all in the Gibbens automobile. LCpl Gibbens and his family members were interned at the Hillcrest Memorial gardens in Saskatoon, Sask. Such a sad ending for a survivor of Hell on Juno Beach during the Normandy Invasion. We Shall remember Him!
(Our thanks to Mr Hal Gibbens for sending along the above details concerning the tragic death of his Uncle.)
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Photo was submitted in 2006 by Mrs Eveline May-Berlet, daughter of Sgt Vic May, in memory of her Father.
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