Son of WW1 veteran Major Gyles (Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross and bar).
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.
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.
Fallen buddies: The list of names from these soldiers are those that were temporary buried (military grave) on the same location before they eventually were reburied at the Adegem War Cemetery in Belgium.
There might be an age difference between the profile and headstone. The age on the profile comes from the soldier's service records. It's well known that some lied about their age.
Military grave coordinations are not always spot on, but pretty accurate to the map references in the soldier's service records.
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!