FOGAL, JAMES MATTHEW

Birthdate
Birthplace
Coldwater, Ontario, Canada
Age
28
Parents
Son of John and Ethal Fogal of Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Powderman
Service number
B/54875
Engagement
1940-07-29
Disembarked
1944-07-22, France
Date of death
1944-10-03
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 4 | Row D | Grave 1

"HOW OFT YOU COME BEFORE US, DEATH CAN NEVER TAKE AWAY OUR MEMORIES OF YOU. WIFE AND DAUGHTER MABEL"

Military grave
Additional info

Overseas on June 11, 1943.

The Algonquin War Diary reports on October 3, 1944: Boekhoute, Belgium.
1. Patrols were out during the night trying to pick up PW. None were successful. The day was quiet on the whole Battalion front.
2. "A" Coy won the honors today when Lieutenant J.H. Wright led a daylight patrol right into the enemy lines. Although new to battle, this Officer led his Platoon consisting of many re-inforcements right into grenade and SA fire. They were denied a prisoner by virtue of enemy entrenchment but they did manage to bring back an MG34 (German machine gun) and two enemy rifles still warm from being fired. Along with Lt. Wright, Sjt Connon E.G. and Cpl Stanley L.M. also distinguished themselves, all three were wounded and evacuated. This show was watched from an OP by Lt Col R.A. Bradburn, our CO, and Capt B.G. Shellon, Bde IO and the participants were highly commended for their efforts. Bde HQ called in the evening and passed on Brig J.C. Jefferson's "Well done". 
3. Sporadic shelling by the enemy covered "A" Coy's area during the day and night.
4. "B" Coy reported no activity of any kind by the enemy. At 1000 hrs a party of two stretcher bearers, Ptes Dafoe and Hodgson, under CSM Burns and with the support of an attached tank, went forward to recover the bodies of two "D" Coy men who had been killed in an attack made by that Company about a week ago. In the afternoon another body was brought in and in the evening a patrol went out under Cpl David and two more bodies were brought in. All five were turned over to out Padre, Capt W. Valentine for burial.
5. "C" Coy spent the day under the Pl Comds direction. At 0300 hrs and 0700 hrs patrols went out to try and pick up PW, neither met with any success.
6. 17 Platoon "D" Coy moved through "B" Coy's area at 1930 hrs to attempt a crossing of the Scheldt river and try to pick up some PW. The Platoon made three unsuccessful attempts to cross in the face of enemy fire, then withdrew at 0500 hrs with no casualties.