AGNEW, FRANK

Birthdate
Birthplace
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Age
26
Parents
Son of George Edgar and Ethel Louise Agnew of Blenheim, Vancouver, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Acetylene Burner
Service number
K/1479
Engagement
1943-12-01, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Overseas
1944-07-21, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-08-13, France
Date of death
1944-10-16
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 4 | Row D | Grave 10

"THIS EARTH HAS NEVER BORNE A NOBLER MAN"

Military grave
Additional info

"M" score indicates high learning ability with strong mechanical learnings. Finished grade 9 in B.C. urban school. Has background of working experience with boats, mines and foundry. A well-built, clean-cut, black-haired chap of fine physique an alert appearance. Of engaging manner, he is prompt to respond, quick to comprehend and pleasant to talk to. A self-possessed individual, he appears to have a high degree of initiative and drive. He appears enthusiastic about the Army and should make a good combatant soldier, capable, with a little more training, of assuming a good deal of responsibility. Prospective N.C.O. material. Lieutenant C.J. Ireton.

Assigned to the North Shore Regiment on August 14, 1944.

One brother (Jack Pearson) Overseas, Royal Canadian Engineers. 

The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment war diary reports on October 16, 1944:
Mollekot MR145067 (Crossroad Mollekotweg/ Vrijedijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands).
Weather: Clear and cool, with showers during the day.

At 0400 hrs, Brigade reported position of air targets for today. Companies were to continue their advance and by 0935 hrs, "C" Coy reported they were on their first objective at the Customs House MR137073 (Watervlietsesteenweg/ Veldzigt, IJzendijke, Netherlands) and at 1145 hrs, "B" Coy reported they were in De Roskam MR138080 (Farm at crossing Mollekotweg/ Schorredijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands).

At 1330 hrs, "A" Coy were in Mollekot MR145067 (Crossroad Mollekotweg/ Vrijedijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands). "B" Coy reported heavy gun fire on them, and 2 Carriers were reported knocked out.

By 1415 hrs, "C" Coy reported almost on objective and no opposition so far. The Commanding Officer ordered "C" Coy to send a patrol to MR129089 (Crossing Mollekotweg/ Oudemansdijk, Watervlietseweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands) as soon as they were on their objective and if this area was clear to hold until "B" Coy moved up. 

At 1525 hrs, "C" Coy reported being fired on by machine guns. They were on objective but still doing some fighting. 

At 1655 hrs, Spitfires (British fighter planes) machine-gunned our "C" and "D" Coys, but luckily no casualties resulted to our Troops. One civilian was hit. 

By 1925 hrs, all Companies were on objective. Artillery Defence Force tasks were to sent to all Companies.