The Lincoln & Welland Regiment War Diary reports: Belgium September 10, 1944. The town of Moerbrugge, Belgium (MR 874946 sheet 2) was reached by the Lincoln & Welland Regiment and Argyll and Sutherland of Canada. The bridge was completed, despite shell fire and the South Alberta Regiment tanks rolled into action. The following hours saw Moerbrugge cleared by A, B and C Company with assistance of the tanks while a house at MR 877938, Oedelemsestraat, Oostkamp, Belgium was held by D Company. Our casualties which were comparatively light, included Major C.K. Crummer, who was wounded (but survived the war). The enemy lost a number of men included 450 PW (Prisoners of War). Towards evening the enemy fire abated.
Brother Douglas Albert Henry Boutilier (B/40602), age 23. Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. was killed in action on August 29th, 1944. His remains are buried at Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France.
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!