This soldier was originally allocated to the Provost Corps but was transferred to the Q.Y.R. (Queen's York Rangers). Has made very good progress in his Infantry Corps Training and should make good reinforcement material. At present he is posted to Trained Soldier Company awaiting movement. Captain H.J. Newman.
The Lincoln & Welland Regiment War Diary reports on September 11, 1944:
Heavy Ground Haze.
The Battalion was ordered to take and hold Lekkerhoek, Belgium MR 8994 (Field between Oedelemsestraat/Beekstraat and Ravenbosstraat, Beernem, Belgium), Veldkapel MR 8899 (N9 highway, Vossesteert, Engelendalelaan, Brugge, Belgium), Road junction MR 882960 (Koeiendreef, Oostkamp, Belgium) and ring contour, MR 880965 (Beverhoutstraat, Oostkamp, Belgium), Sheet 21 & 31 1:50,000. The method: "A" Coy to firm up in Lekkerhoek, "B" Coy to pass through to seize Veldkapel. "C" Coy to seize road junction, "A" Coy on success of road junction to follow through and take ring contour. "D" Coy to remain firm in Moerbrugge on carriers, supported by tanks. At MR 882941 (Field between Pumphoekstraat, Lettenburgstraat, Oedelemsestraat, Beernem, Belgium) the Coy dismounted and deployed to the right of the road. Advancing to town they came under very heavy machine gun fire, from front and flanks, pinning them down. Snipers were working in houses on side of the road. A/Major J.A. Baldwin was hit by one of these (but survived the war). "B" Coy was then sent up on the left of the road and both Coys fought their way forward and firmed up at Lekkerhoek. Many PW (Prisoners of War) were taken.
During the night the town was heavily shelled.
Command Post moved across canal and occupied a building at MR 873942 (Legeweg, Oostkamp, Belgium).
Had a brother Overseas, Private Laurence Welcome Carroll B/55652 who served with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada "B" Company.