Transfer from Black Watch of Canada to 1st Bn Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders on September 9, 1941.
Qualified Regimental Signaller on November 11, 1941.
Struck by a bomb splinter on June 11, 1942. Penetrating left chest and abdomen.
The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders aboard the flotilla anxiously watched as shells dropped in the water around the craft, sending up big water spouts, but none scored a hit.
Not only the Glens and brigade HQ were carried to Green Beach (Between Biervliet and Hoofdplaat, Netherlands). Also present were a Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa machine-gun company and mortar platoon, a platoon of engineers, a company of No. 23 Field Ambulance and a platoon from the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps detailed to offload and move stores up to the fighting units. Touchdown came a 0930 hrs and, as the Buffaloes growled onto the muddy beach, everything seemed calm. Just as the men and vehicles started unloading all hell broke loose with heavy artillery, mortar and everything the enemy could muster being poured into the small foothold. The Glens signaller officer, Lt Neil Medhurst and his signaller, Pte Malcolm Elvin Thomas Armstrong died instantly when a shell hit their jeep as it descended a Buffalo ramp.
Source: Terrible Victory.
Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!