CAMPBELL, HECTOR

Birthdate
Birthplace
Dalmuir, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Age
30
Parents
Son of Donald and Mary Campbell of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Sales Clerk
Service number
B/64140
Engagement
1940-06-20, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Disembarked
1944-06-06, France D-DAY
Date of death
1944-10-17
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row D | Grave 8

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"

Military grave
Additional info

Qualified Driver Mechanic Group "C" July 17, 1941.

Overseas on July 20, 1941.

Cpl Campbell was killed when the WASP (flame throwing carrier) he was in hit a mine in the attack on IJzendijke, Zeeuws Vlaanderen, Netherlands.

Had a brother Allan Campbell (R.C.C.S). He survived the war. 

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.

CAMPBELL, HECTOR
SOURCE: VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA
CAMPBELL, HECTOR - Queen's Own Rifles
Hector (left, ground) sitting in front of a WASP in France. July 29, 1944.

 

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