Qualified Driver Mechanic M.V. Group "C" on May 31, 1944.
Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada on September 27, 1944.
Rifle number 36L8157.
Two brothers in the Army. Harold John and Ronald (Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve).
The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 28, 1944:
OOSTBURG, Netherlands 04021125 (Nieuwstraat, Oostburg)
Reveille – Clear and cool.
With the first clear day for awhile we got lots of air support. Typhoons started out early and made things pretty hot for Jerry. According to PW’s they are a great morale breaker as well as doing alot of damage.
0900 Coys started bringing in PW’s and by noon we had 46 including 1 officer.
1300 Some Jerry Arty shells landed in town. Some damage but no casualties.
1800 Total bag of PW’s today is 129 including 2 Officers.
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!