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.
1943-05-15: Promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieut.
1943-06-19: Qualified and promoted to the rank of Lieut. (Infantry) Canadian Army.
1943-07-21: Qualified as Driver Class III.
Killed in action during the liberation of Oostburg, Netherlands.
Fallen buddies: The list of names from these soldiers are those that were temporary buried (military grave) on the same location before they eventually were reburied at the Adegem War Cemetery in Belgium.
There might be an age difference between the profile and headstone. The age on the profile comes from the soldier's service records. It's well known that some lied about their age.
Military grave coordinations are not always spot on, but pretty accurate to the map references in the soldier's service records.
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!