Nadalin, Kenneth Earl

  • Township: North Oxford
  • Branch: Royal Canadian Army, Army Service Corps
  • Date of birth: October 4, 1922
  • Date of death: April 5, 2017
  • Burial location: Beachville Cemetery, Beachville, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada
  • Wars Served: World War II
  • Years of service: 1942 - 1946
  • Country enlisted with: Canada

Biography

Ken Nadalin, son of Anthony and Beatrice Nadalin, was born October 4, 1922, and joined the army in October 1942, at the age of 20. He wanted to join the navy as a stoker, but the navy wanted him as a sick bed attendant. Ken didn’t want that, so he went next door and joined the Army Service Corp. Ken had basic training in Listowel and North Bay. He was then sent overseas where he saw action in France, Caan and into Belgium, and Holland and then Germany. Ken said that he slept in private homes in Holland for about six weeks, before advancing into Germany. Ken mentioned when he was interviewed that the Patriotic Society of Beachville supplied all of the “Beachville Boys” with cigarettes every month, and also that they were all given a watch by this society when they enlisted. He said that every person who fought in the war was given a medal. Ken returned from the war in 1946, and back to the Gypsum quarry where he had worked as a truck driver before the war. Although he was not needed as a truck driver right away he stayed there for about a year before leaving. Ken later got a job at Massey Harris in Woodstock, and when the Plant in Woodstock closed he moved with the Company to Brantford. He retired from Brantford in 1978.  Ken continues to live in North Oxford in 2015.

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