St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Son of William Charles and Elsie May Adams of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Salvation Army
Service number
1944-07-25, France
Date of death
Belgium, Killed in action
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 2 | Row C | Grave 2


Military grave
Additional info

To be Lance Corporal on July 26, 1942.

Reverts to the rank of Private on own request on April 18, 1943.

Awarded One Good Conduct Badge on April 29, 1943.

SOS Algonquin Regiment on transfer to Lincoln and Welland Regiment on June 2, 1943.

Overseas on July 16, 1943.

To be Lance Corporal on September 3, 1943.

To be Corporal on February 1, 1944.

To be Sergeant on September 12, 1944.

Active in sports, playing, Lacrosse, hockey, softball, baseball and football. Can play the euphonium. Likes to attend shows and to read extensively. 

Single; father is a personnel manager in Steel Plant. Six brothers, three of them in the Army. Three sisters in good health.

Would prefer to be a N.C.O. as Instructor in the Army.

This N.C.O. appears to be of average stability. Jr. leader type. Good physical appearance. High learning ability and better than average education. Should be kept in mind for promotion.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment war diary reports on September 27, 1944:
Clear and warm
0400 hrs - "C" Coy moved from assembly area MR073020 (Comercaatsweg/Groenweg, St. Laureins, Belgium) to the boat erecting point MR068023 (Comercaatsweg/Groenweg, St. Laureins, Belgium - moved West). 
0430 hrs - "C" Coy arrived in position at the crossing point. "A" Coy moved into position with the Carrier Sec dismounted. 
0445 hrs - Brig Moncel arrived at the Comd Post with the BM, Div Leading Officers, Bde Leading Officers and Colonel Hogarth of the 23rd Field Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery).
0515 hrs - "C" Coy started to cross and the Comd Post Bofors fired 1 tracer every 30 secs for direction. Arty fired a conc on Moershoofde, Belgium MR0502 (Vlotweg/Leopold canal/Kleine Vlotweg, Belgium).
0530 hrs - The Bofors fire was stopped and Captain J.L. Dandy moved fwd with two Platoons. One Platoon was in position at MR065025 (Kantijne, border Belgium/Netherlands).
0555 hrs - The two Platoons reached MR059023 (Moershoofde, border Belgium/Netherlands) where one Platoon took up a fire position at MR056023 (Moershoofde, border Belgium/Netherlands).
0600 hrs - The assault Platoon reached the town at MR055023. Slight enemy fire was encountered, but surprise had been achieved. Voices were heard ordering Jerry (Germans) out of his/their slit trenches. One was caught cooking bacon, which was eaten by the search party on the way to town. 
0615 hrs - A message was received from Captain J.L. Dandy: "Gathering in the harvest, 10 PW (Prisoners) so far."
0630 hrs - The Coy started its withdrawal.
0700 hrs - The raiding party arrived back on the home side after having done an excellent job. 15 PW having been captured.
0715 hrs - The enemy started to mortaring St. Laureins, Belgium. There were three hits on the Command Post and several casualties among the men withdrawing from the canal.
0730 hrs - The raiding party and supporting Arms were clear of Sint Laureins.
0800 hrs - They arrived back at Maldegem, Belgium. Great assistance was given to the raid by "B" and "D" Coys at Strobrugge and Moerhuize, Belgium who executed a feint by mortaring and a great deal of SA fire. The raid was a complete success and valuable information was taken from the interrogation of the PW's.  
1200 hrs - Recreational tpt left for Brugge, Belgium with "C" Coy personal.
1400 hrs - "A" Coy took over from the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) at MR027013 (Lievestraat, Vaakweg, Boomstraatje - Moerhuize, Belgium).
1500 hrs - "B" and "D" Coys reported sporadic SA and Mortar fire.
1600 - 2400 hrs - The Coys reported light enemy Mortar and SA fire.