Promoted to the rank of A/Sergeant on December 9, 1942.
Young man of 19 years, of athletic build (6' and 155 lb,), he is a healty, straightforward young man of good appearance and high Army ability. He states that he has always enjoyed excellent health, and that his parents do also. His father is a Captain at The Canadian Army Trades School, Hamilton. His former hobbies included stamp collecting and model plane building. He likes a sociable drink and smokes moderately. Reads considerably, mostly novels by prominent writers, and appears to be an intelligent, aggressive young man. Has competed in numerous field events, and at present is 1 mile running champion of Q.O.R. (Queen's Own Rifles). Drives a car, and can make running repairs. This man is at present an A/Sgt., and is very well satisfied with this work with Q.O.R. Appears to be excellent Officer material, as he is young, intelligent, aggressive, combatant type.
Promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on May, 15, 1943.
Qualified and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (Infantry) Canadian Army on June 19, 1943.
Qualified as Driver Class III on July 21, 1943.
Overseas on October 24, 1943.
Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles on February 23, 1944.
Killed in action during the liberation of Oostburg, Netherlands.
The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 26, 1944:
STEENHOVEN 076113 (Steenhovensedijk, Netherlands)
Reveille – Misty and cool.
0615 “O” Gp. Plans were laid for the continuation of operations in the Oostburg, Netherlands area.
0820 M 10’s started lacing buildings North of our present positions, at point blank ranges to clear out any enemy prior to “B” and “C” Coys advance to clean out other end of town.
1000 BnHQ set up at 04021125 (Nieuwstraat, Oostburg), “A” Coy 040111 (Nieuwstraat, Oostburg), “B” 040113 (Nieuwstraat, Oostburg), “C” 045117 (Zandstraat, Oostburg), “D” 039117 (Oudestad, Oostburg), Mortars and Carriers 063112 (Steenhovensedijk/ Cathelineweg).
2000 “O” Gp. The day’s work satisfactory.
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!