HOLTON, ERIC ALBERT

Birthdate
Birthplace
Reston, Manitoba, Canada
Age
23
Parents
Son of Horace and Emily Holton of Reston, Manitoba, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Labourer
Service number
H/60745
Engagement
1941-04-07, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Overseas
1942-08-07, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-26, France
Date of death
1944-09-09
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
15 Field Regiment, RCA
Cemetery reference
Plot 4 | Row E | Grave 11
Grave Adopted
Unknown

"AT REST IN GOD'S BEAUTIFUL GARDEN FREE FROM SORROW AND PAIN"

Military grave
Additional info

Qualified Driver IC Motorcycle Class "A" on October 15, 1942.

Confirmed rank of Brigadier on March 7, 1943.

Qualified Signaller Artillery "C" on August 18, 1943.

Confirmed rank of Sergeant on December 21, 1943.

The 15 Field Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) war diary reports on September 9, 1944: 
Loppem, Belgium

After more than a week of hot pursuit and nothing more than slight and short-lived resistance we have bumped into something quite noticeably tougher here. Last night (8/9 Sept) the Engineers were unable to build the bridge required North of Oostkamp, Belgium and two of their three boats were put out of action. All this because the bridge site and roads leading to it were under heavy shell fire from enemy guns. Our two Infantry Regiments (Argyles and Lincs) who crossed the river during last night were pinned down all day by steady enemy machine gun and arty fire. Some sporadic gunfire was directed against our gun positions but regular punishment was given the town of Oostkamp and its roads. Our guns were busy with "M" and Battery targets against these enemy strongpoints several of which had been spotted by the Air operations. Ground observation was very difficult where not impossible. No immediate move is in sight for us as we can cover our Infantry from here.