Lance Corporal Walter Celeste Heinzman was born November 13, 1910, in Richardton, North Dakota, to parents Rudolf and Ermengarde Heinzman. Much of the family latter settled in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
Heinzman enlisted in Weyburn for Active Service on September 9, 1939, with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. While serving with that Regiment, he was part of the ill-fated Dieppe Raid (Operation Jubilee), the attempted Allied invasion at Dieppe, France, on August 19, 1942. Heinzman was killed during the raid, and is buried at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, France.
Government records spell Heinzman’s middle name as both “Celeste” and “Celest.”
L/Cpl. Heinzman’s service record (Serv/Reg# L12086) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.
Burial information is available at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
A memorial page honouring L/Cpl. Heinzman can be visited online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.