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Many young people from Trinity United Church Shediac and the nearby community served their country in the World Wars and are remembered by our church.
This page profiles one of the young men, John David James (Dave) Rodger, who joined the RCAF inWorld War II.
Dave was the son of Reverend WILLIAM M. RODGER and MARGARET T. RODGER, of Moores Mills, New Brunswick, Canada. He had been a student at Mount Allison University when he interrupted his studies to enlist to contribute to the war effort. He came to live in the Shediac area while he undertook flight training at Scoudouc and, while in the area, he attended Trinity United Church Shediac.
He was posted overseas and lost his life following a bombing raid over Germany, when his Wellington III BJ657 was shot down and crashed on December 7, 1942, as the plane was returning to Britain and over Moulin du Bois, France. Dave and his crewmates were all killed. It is understood that, after their plane was hit by enemy fire, the crew valiantly steered the plane away from the more populated town of Langonnet, France. On May 7, 2016, these actions and the bravery of the crew were honoured with a commemorative ceremony at the village.
Dave Rodger was awarded the following decorations: War Medal 1939-1945. 1939-45 Star, and the Air Crew Europe Star.
Dave Rodger was also honoured by Trinity United Church. The bronze cross that still sits on the communion table in front of the pulpit was donated in his memory by the Tait family. It reads:
In memory of
John David James Rodger RCAF
7th December 1942
Greater love hath no man than this
That a man lay down his life for his friends
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