Young farm boy of 18, not heavily built (130 lbs), but wiry and rugged. Used to hard work and willing to do more. Average Army ability, showing a little weakness in tests 3 and 6. Not many outside interests, but dances and play billiards when he gets to town. Has his mind set on Royal Canadian Artillery and wants action as quickly as possible. Seems dependable and likely capable of absorbing R.C.A. training. Should become an enthusiastic soldier in any Army.
Overseas on July 12, 1944.
The Highland Light Infantry of Canada war diary reports on October 14, 1944:
There was no activity during the early morning and we moved our command post at 1000 hrs to a school at MR 162126 (Oudeweg, Driewegen, Netherlands).
The program for the day consists of an attack on enemy positions on our front. "A" and "B" Coys are up and "C" and "D" Coys in reserve.
At 1100 hrs the Coys are on the start line and ready to attack. Our own planes assigned to support us have been strafing us.
As the attack begins "B" and "C" Coys reach their first objective with little or no opposition. "A" Coy has encountered slight opposition. The advance continues and by 1320 hrs the Companies are on their second objective. All during the operation we have had very heavy shelling from bearing 286 degrees and 145 degrees. Arty engaged dyke at 133125 (Sint Pietersdijk, Biervliet, Netherlands) where the gun is supposed to be.
Enemy counter attack were formed and broken up by Arty at point 142124 (Driewegenweg/ Laurinaweg, Biervliet, Netherlands) and 145125 (Driewegenweg/ Polderstraat, Biervliet, Netherlands). Tiffies (Air Force) were used to good effect on these and other enemy concentrations.
Late in the day we received 31 men reinforcements. At the end of the day our positions were still secure.
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!