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A Murder at the Hospital

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A Murder at the Hospital

I was recovering in the bed and in the morning when I woke up there was an awful racket going on in one of the wards away from my side of the hospital. And I found out later that it was a German. And they, they thought maybe he was off his rocker because he kept yelling about all the Canadian and the English soldiers that he killed, himself. Maybe he was bragging, I don’t know. But you know something. In the morning, that was the night before, in the morning after I was finished with the operation and all that I could hear that noise over there. It was, there was orderlies were running over towards that guy’s bunk, and they found him, the blanket was over his head and all, and they found a knife right through here. They did, they did him in, and this is true as I’m standing here.

Mr. Champoux describes that while he was in the hospital recuperating, a German soldier was murdered for bragging about killing Canadians.

Robert Arthur Champoux

Mr. Champoux was born in Hull, Québec on March 21st, 1921. He lived there until the age of 8 when his father, a First World War Veteran, moved the family to Ottawa. Mr. Champoux had three brothers and four sisters; he was the third oldest child. When the war broke out he was attending Ottawa Technical High School. He left school, after his first year, to join the Army after failing to join the Navy and the Air Force (who were not yet recruiting). He left for Europe July 17th, 1940 and ended up stopping in Iceland where he remained for the next 10 months. Mr. Champoux’s wartime service saw him fighting on D-Day and in the Falaise Gap. He also fought in Calais and later on in Holland where he was wounded. Mr. Champoux got a job with the Mint upon returning to Canada. He joined the army again in 1948 retiring in 1965.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Robert Arthur Champoux
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
13 Platoon - Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
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