COLWELL, WILLIAM ROBERT

Birthdate
Birthplace
Bagdad, Mesopotamia, Iraq
Age
24
Parents
Son of Harry Herbert and Annie Wallace Colwell of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Student
Service number
Officer
Engagement
1941-05-01, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Disembarked
1944-06-23, France
Date of death
1944-10-06
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Regina Rifle Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 7 | Row H | Grave 3

"BECAUSE I LIVE, YE SHALL LIVE ALSO" MY LOVE FOR EVER. YOUR WIFE"

Military grave
Additional info

Married to Ivy Thiela Colwell.

Service number before Officer: K/62165.

To be L/Cpl on March 11, 1941.

To be Cpl on September 6, 1941.

To be L/Sgt on September 11, 1942.

TOS to Canadian Scottish Regiment on October 12, 1942.

Overseas on February 14, 1944.

TOS to Regina Rifle Regiment on July 10, 1944.

The Regina Rifle Regiment War Diary reports on October 6, 1944: MR 023961 (Kleit, Belgium)
Weather has been clear and moonlit all night, but very cold. Cold wind all day, but no rain. Adjt and IO move forward at 0030 hrs. CO at 0330 hrs. 2IC moves forward with vehicles at 0630 hrs and BnHQ set up at 019013 (Moerhuizestraat, Belgium - Between Strobrugge and Moerhuize). Assault commences on time but "A" Coy is turned back by a concentrated MG fire. "B" Coy force crossing and hold position with considerable casualties. "D" Coy goes in and after some difficulty force crossing and hold on despite continues MG and Mortar fire, arriving on other side at 0855 hrs. "C" Coy follow on "D" Coy axis and get across and firmly establish by 1020 hrs. MG and Mortar fire are continues, many landing in area of BnHQ, along road, Fighter bombers attack targets in vicinity Aardenburg (Netherlands) at 1115 hrs. Continued counter attacks by enemy makes it impossible for our Coys to move forward and "A" Coy are sent across. Praise is due to our SP Artillery, who bring down tasks immediately on request and break up what appeared to be several attempts at organized counter attacks. Enemy became quiet during evening and darkness falls without major counter attack being put in. O Gp at 2330 hrs-- CO reviews operation so far, and expresses his satisfaction and that of higher command, that our Coys have held to their Bridgeheads despite opposition, which turned out to be much stronger than expected along this line of canal. Fact that we have been unable to advance to our objectives has not displeased higher command. Locations of Sub Units: "A" Coy 017019 (Aardenburgkalseide, Belgium), "C" Coy 021018 (East of "A" Coy near Vlotweg, Belgium), "D" Coy 013018 (West of "A" Coy), "B" Coy (Royal Montreal Regiment) have insufficient personnel left to carry on as a Coy and join "A" Coy.

WW2 temporary burial Canadians Maldegem
Temporary burial: Maldegem, Belgium.