The North Nova Scotia Highlanders war diary reports on October 16, 1944: Weather - wet and cold.
(Last few lines from the previous day: The Highland Light Infantry of Canada teed up a fire plan and then pushed in with M-10's (tank destroyer) the same time as "C" Company (NNSH). The position was thus finally taken and consolidated. The Company then pushed further on to farm at 135118 (Schorerweg/Krabbegatweg/Driewegenweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands). Command Post moved up to farm at 133128 (crossing Sint Pietersdijk/Grote Put, IJzendijke, Netherlands). A woman was discovered in farm at 135129 (probably next farm) who had just had a baby two days previously, and arrangements were made to evacuate the family. Patrols were maintained throughout the night.)
The family in the neighboring farm was evacuated and the Command Post moved into 133129 (other side crossing Sint Pietersdijk/Grote Put, IJzendijke, Netherlands). This morning out mortar platoon was strafed by one of our own planes. One carrier was burned and two men wounded. It is a very quiet day, the relief signallers came up and Rear Battalion Headquarters moved into farm at 148136 (Sint Pietersdijk, about 300 meters east of 3e Zachariasweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands). "C" Company teed up an attack on Le Paradis, map reference 129115 (field Zachariasweg/Maurtisweg/Schorerweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands). Artillery brought down on the target and twenty-two prisoners came out of a farm at 126118 (Zachariasweg/Riemens Mechanisatie B.V., IJzendijke, Netherlands). The Company then moved into Le Paradis without any opposition. The position was consolidated and contact patrols carried out.
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.
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