BURKE, OSWALD ROY

Birthdate
Birthplace
London, Middlesex, England
Age
29
Parents
Son of Harry and Alice Burke of Upsala, Ontario, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
H/69865
Engagement
1942-05-21, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Disembarked
1944-07-30, France
Date of death
1944-10-17
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row E | Grave 6

"PEACEFUL BY THY SLEEP DEAR SON"

Military grave
Additional info

Overseas on June 27, 1944.

Killed in action during the battle for IJzendijke, Zeeuws Vlaanderen, Netherlands.

The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 17, 1944:
Outside (South East) IJZENDIJKE  MR 158087 (Nolleweg, Zuiddiepe, Isabellaweg).

Reveille – Cloudy and wet.

0900 The attack on IJZENDIJKE was resumed. “D” Coy was the first into town and Jerry had moved on.

1500 Rest of Bn went in. We were greeted by civilians fresh from their cellars who all wanted to shake our hands, feed us and to see the “Kanadeesh” (Canadees - Dutch word for Canadian) or some such name. However Jerry whistled a few shells in and we had a magical disappearing act. The shelling started large fires in town. 15 Platoon attempted to go through town but were stopped on the outskirts by heavy mortar fire.

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