GYLES, RICHARD FRANCIS

Birthdate
Birthplace
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of Richard Walter and Jean Adelaide Gyles of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Student
Service number
H/10911
Engagement
1943-08-23
Disembarked
Belgium, 1944-10-17
Date of death
1944-10-28
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Royal Winnipeg Rifles, R.C.I.C.
Plot 1 | Row A | Grave 6

"THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL NOT WANT"

Military grave
Additional info

Son of WW1 veteran Major Gyles (Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross and bar).

1944-01-18
GYLES is in this depot for re-allocation on failing No-2 C.A.U.C. (Canadian Army University Course). In spite of this set back he has a good attitude for the army and does not appear dejected in any way.
This man has requested to be allocated to C.A.C. (Canadian Armoured Corps) (RECCE / Reconnaissance Corps) and as he should be found to be good material for such training and up-grading he is allocated accordingly.

Suggestion:
C.A.C. (RECCE) Trooper Non-Tradesman
(Enriched Basic training)
R.E. Bernier, Lieutenant.

1944-07-10
Completed part II training in accordance with standard syllabus Recce T.C. Qualified in 3" Mortar and claims to be very interested in this work.
Evidently a good man for the job.
Suitable for Overseas Service with C.A.C. (Recce) Operational - 3" Mortar. S.H. McLeod, Lieutenant.

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles war diary reports on October 28, 1944: Partly cloudy and cool with fair visibility. "C" and "D" Coys sent patrols to RECCE (Reconnaissance) the outskirts of the small city of Nieuwvliet, Netherlands during the night. At 0615 hrs "D" Coy attacked the city from the East and "C" Coy from the South East. Only moderate resistance was encountered and by 0730 hrs the two Coys, assisting self-propelled Coy units were in complete possession of the town and had captured 150 prisoners. "B" Coy carried out mopping up opposition South of the city and brought in several enemy prisoners. The Battalion Command Group moved to Nieuwvliet, Netherlands at 1045 hrs and rear Battalion HQ moved to 061162 (Field Scherpbierseweg, Torenweg, Schoondijkseweg, Netherlands). The CO attended a Bde O Gp at 1245 hrs. During the afternoon liaison patrols contacted the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment on the Battalion left flank and Canadian Scottish Regiment on the right. At 1700 hrs "A" Coy moved forward and after overcoming moderate enemy resistance occupied area 016170 (crossroad Sint Jansdijk / Mettenijedijk, Netherlands) and captured 62 prisoners. Another 60 prisoners were captured by the Carrier P1 while conducting mopping up opposition. Extensive enemy shell fire and snipers caused a few casualties during the day.

GYLES, RICHARD FRANCIS
Source: Veterans Affairs Canada