BARRETT, JAMES MORGAN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of Thomas Richard and Edna Barrett of Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Plumber Apprentice
Service number
C/121142
Engagement
1943-05-13, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Disembarked
1944-06-06, France D-DAY
Date of death
1944-10-25
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row E | Grave 1

"ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM, O LORD; AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM"

Military grave
Additional info

Overseas on December 15, 1943.

Wounded on August 12, 1944 in France. Embarked in England on August 31,1944 and disembarked on September 1, 1944 in France.

Killed in action during an attack on Grotendam, Netherlands (South of Oostburg, Netherlands).

Norman Mannard
Norman Mannard (photo) was along side James when the house they used for cover was hit by a German shell. Norman, although wounded that day, survived the war.

 

The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 25, 1944:
STEENHOVEN 076113 (Steenhovensedijk, Netherlands)

Reveille – Cloudy and cool

0600 “C” Coy moved forward and relieved one coy of R de Chaud.

1315 “A” Coy started forward with “D” to attack Oostburg, Netherlands. One of the Flame throwers with “A” Coy struck a mine and the two men in it were killed (Edward Rothwell and Gordon Edward Smith). A heavy smoke screen was put down to assist the attack on the open road into the town. The houses on the outskirts were soon taken. No 8 platoon made a wild bayonet charge to gain as their objective the first crossroads in town.

1900 Tactical BHQ set up in dugout at 04151070 (Bakkersstraat, Oostburg). With relatively slight opposition the rest of the coys all got on their objectives in town. There was some heavy mortaring and few shells came from Vlissingen, Netherlands. Our casualties were fairly heavy. R.A.P. Moved from IJzendijke, Netherlands to Waterlandkerkje, Netherlands.

Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.
Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.