BETHUNE, JOHN BRYCE

Birthdate
Birthplace
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of Donald George and Margaret Bethune, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Labourer
Service number
D/143410
Engagement
1943-11-01, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Overseas
1944-05-01, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-03, France
Date of death
1944-10-19
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C.
Plot 7 | Row A | Grave 3

"TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE"

Military grave
Additional info

Was with Le Régiment de Maisonneuve from October 1942 until October 1943.

Assigned to the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders on June 15, 1944.

His father served during World War 1 with the Royal Canadian Artillery.

The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders war diary reports on October 19, 1944:
MR165156 (Oesterput, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands)

0820 hrs: Weather windy and cloudy with occasional rain. Coy locations are as follows: "A" Coy 119173 (Duivelhoekseweg/ Weg Naar Het Gemaal, Nummer Eén, Netherlands), "B" Coy 120154 (Kreekweg/ Scherpenheuvel, Sasput, Netherlands), "C" Coy 123164 (Westelijke Dwarsweg, Slijkplaat, Netherlands), "D" Coy 134158 (Kruisweg, 1 mile East of Sasput, Netherlands), Command Post 126163 (Smitsedijk, Sasput, Netherlands), Carriers 175124 (Area Noordstraat/ Helenaweg/ Konijnenbergweg, Biervliet, Netherlands), rear Battalion H.Q. and R.A.P. ect, at Hoofdplaat, Netherlands. "D" Coy Platoon with Carrier Platoon at 175124.

1045 hrs: Arrangements are made for the Highland Light Infantry to relieve "A" Coy. The area is under close enemy observation so the move is to be made section by section.

1105 hrs: Forward Company of the Queen's Own Rifles is at 084113 (Oranjedijk/ Nozemansweg, Waterlandkerkje, Netherlands)

1310 hrs: Our WASP (Flame throwing Carrier) is now one and we have 3 assault Pioneers left. Bren gun Carrier strength has been reduced to 2 complete sections. Each of these sections is minus 1 Bren gun but this matter is in hand.

1345 hrs: Command Post area has been heavily shelled with approx 50 round high velocity HE. Ammunition set off in barn which caught fire during shelling at 0600 hrs has probably drawn this shelling.

1405 hrs: "A" Coy reports that relief has been completed with the Highland Light Infantry.

1715 hrs: Battaltion begins to leave the area for previous area at Hoofdplaat, Netherlands where Battalion H.Q. and Support Company H.Q. remains. The Battalion is to regroup in preparation for another operation.

2000 hrs: The Highland Light Infantry and North Nova Scotia Highlanders are to contact each other every hour on the hour starting at 2200 hrs.

2130 hrs: "C" Coy Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa report a 75mm or 88mm gun at 10291482 (Sasputsestraat, 400m metres South of Gaternisseweg, Schoondijke, Netherlands).

 

Temporary burial 37 Allies WW2 Hoofdplaat
Temporary burial 37 Canadian casualties. Farm P. de Clerck. Westerscheldedijk, Plaskreek, Thomaespolder, Netherlands.