Unit: Royal Canadian Artillery, 3rd Canadian Anti Tank Regiment.
2 Brothers in the Army. Gunner (L/10221) David Alexander, 2nd Canadian H.Q. Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery and Private (H/62644) Roland Elmore, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division Troops Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.
The 3rd Canadian Anti Tank Regiment war diary reports on October 13, 1944:
Major Armstrong, the B.M. of the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade called at this H.Q. (Kruiskensstraat, Belgium - between Wisken and Kruisken MR 097004) at 1000 hrs with information for Colonel Phin regarding the change in dispositions of our forces on the canal front. The plan is that this Regiment will take over the area now held by the Lake Superior Regiment (Motorized) and they will take over our area. The reason for this move is so that the 4th Amroured Division troops may be concentrated on the front as we are now holding ground between two 4th Armd Div units. A Belgian Officer was with the B.M. and gave us some information regarding the disposition of the Belgian troops in our new area. At 1100 hrs Col. Phin had a meeting of the Battery Commanders and gave the information and instructions regarding the move and also advised the 52nd Battery that their M10 (tank) troop would be committed on the 8th Brigade operation on the Eastern Bridgehead. They subsequently moved off at 1445 hrs to be rafted over the estuary at 2411 (Savoyaardsweg/ Herbert H. Dowweg, Netherlands) (Sheet 22-32). At 1330 hrs the Regiment had a recce party go to the new area under the C.O. and with him went the Bty Comdrs and the 2 I/C. Shorty after the above party had left some enemy activity started in the 105th Battery area and the following Sitrep was submitted. 1310A -- enemy movement observed in buildings at 097036 (Meykenshoek/ Bentillepolder, Belgium) - 11 rds 3" M10 fired - building destroyed, no further movement. 131345A - enemy activity and some smoke observed in buildings 300x South West of 080039 (Hontseindestraat/ Kloostersestal, Belgium). Fd Arty called for fire. Direct hits obtained. No further movement observed. 131352A - Enemy movement observed at 064044 (Hollandersgatkreek, Belgium) - 8 rds Fd Arty fired on this target. No further movement. 131430A - Enemy movement of three personnel seen at 088034 (Beoostereedepolderwijk/ Draaiput, Belgium). 6 rds of M10 fired. Direct hits observed. No further movement observed. 131445A - Six enemy observed immediately on far side of canal at 079029, moving East. Lincoln and Welland Regiment advised and enemy fired on with small arm fire and pinned down at 076029 (canal/ Sint-Janspolderdijk, Belgium) in a barn. Enemy patrol completely liquidated by 1700 hrs. During the above action Gunner Beatty, W.W., of the 105th Battery was severely wounded in the chest and died of wounds soon after.
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