HEEKS, LEONARD ANDREW

Birthdate
Birthplace
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of Alfred John and Annie Elizabeth Heeks of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Packer
Service number
M/1475
Engagement
1944-04-05
Disembarked
1944-09-25, France
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 4

"AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER"

Military grave
Additional info

1944-06-06
HEEKS states he has had a history of rheumatism which causes some difficulty with his training. Impresses as a friendly, aggreable soldier who should cause very little difficulty from a disciplinary viewpoint and make a depedable soldier. Is reported by his Training Officer as follows, "A very quiet man of neat appearance who pays attention to his work. Should be NCO material if he would assert himself more." His main desire is to be given training as a Storeman and his civilian background shows that he has had some experience. J.J. Carpenter, Lieutenant.

1944-08-09
Examination of the foregoing indicates suitability for Overseas in C.I.C. (Canadian Infantry Corps). Was not interviewed at C.T.C. but Training Officers state that soldier made average progress in training. W.P. Wagner, Captain. 

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.

HEEKS, LEONARD ANDREW (Veterans Affairs Canada)
Source: Veterans Affairs Canada