Blood Donor at Ipperwash Military Hospital.
Qualified as Drive M/C, Class III
The Algonquin war diary reports on September 22, 1944: ...By last light with a troop of armour in support, "D" Coy consolidated around Comd Post and the carrier platoon was sent to reinforce and establish a firm base. During the battle on Officer and 15 OR's joined the Coy. They had just arrived and came right up to join the Coy. Lt Byrnes leading a patrol at 1930 hrs trying to contact the forward platoon under cover of darkness was fired on by MG in the forward positions and was reported missing. The enemy counterattacked at 2000 hrs and the Coy fell back to the area of Comd Post and consolidated and beat off the attack. "C" Coy found themselves in the same postion for most the day with the exception of 1 platoon which went forward with "D" Coy and Engineers for the purpose of road clearing. This platoon under Lieutenant Leaver crossed the obstacle at Isabella and were subjected to intense fire in the afternoon. At this time they had 10 casualties, 2 killed, 4 wounded and 4 missing. They withdraw behind the obstacle and remained with "D" Coy until relieved at 2100 hrs by "B" Coy. They then returned to the Coy area at Bouchaute (Boekhoute), Belgium square 1903 F and B sheet 22 and 32 to which the Coy had moved in the meantime. There the Coy took up a role of counter attack force supporting "A" Coy. They remained in this position for the balance of the night.
The Algonquin war diary reports on September 23, 1944: "D" Coy held their postion until 1st light and by then they were back on their original positions still fighting to gain the objective. Again attempts were made to contact the forward platoon without success and it is assumed that due to lack of activity and fire on the enemy side, the platoon was taken prisoner. They held the position for the rest of the day and by 2015 hrs "B" Coy cam in to relieve the position. "D" Coy came back to a rest area and prepared for counter attack role at Posthoorn square 2204 B and NE France sheet 2, settled in and patrols were carried out during the night under cover of darkness. During the past action Pte Starko was killed when an enemy shell made a direct hit on his slit trench, 3 were wounded and 30 missing. Capt Robertson took over the Coy today owing to Cap Mayer being a casualty. The Coy was aided in the battle by 8 partisans, one of whom was wounded.
The Algonquin war diary reports on October 4, 1944: No PW were taken today. During the day, "B" Coy patrols spotted te bodies of two of our men and at 2000 hrs they went out to bring them in but found one of them too badly decomposed and tangled in barb wire to be moved. Documents from the body were those of Lt. T.C.W. Byrnes who has been missing since 23 Sept. The other body was that of Pte A.L. Byers, also missing since 23 Sept.
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!