WOODBECK, CLARENCE IRWIN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Owenbrook, Ontario, Canada
Age
24
Parents
Son of Charles and Eliza Woodbeck of Owenbrook, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Mechanic
Service number
C/42846
Engagement
1941-07-09, Peterboro, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1944-06-03, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-25, France
Date of death
1944-10-04
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), R.C.I.C.
Plot 3 | Row A | Grave 7

"SADLY MISSED BUT EVER LOVINGLY REMEMBERED BY MOTHER, BROTHER AND SISTERS"

Military grave
Additional info

October 20, 1943.
At present his mother, a young brother and young sister live alone on a farm at Owenbrook, Ontario. Clarence is the fifth in a family of three boys and seven girls. Since Clarence enlisted his father died and his older bother enlisted in the Army and is at present Overseas with the Paratroops.

Assigned to the Lake Superior Regiment on July 20, 1944.

The Lake Superior Regiment war diary reports on October 4, 1944:
Maldegem, Belgium 004996 (Het Rivierenhof)
There was rain during the early morning but it cleared in the afternoon. The 14 Anti Tank, Royal Canadian Artillery (Incorrect) ceased to be attended to the Battalion today. Lieutenant-Colonel Keane called to Brigade for a conference at 1000 hrs. 85 Belgians arrived and were attended to "C" Coy for all purposes. Lieutenant L.E. Pope assumed the appointment of Adjutant this morning. N.A.A.F.I./E.F.I. (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) Canteen visited the Coys this morning. Numerous Artillery Units are moving into the area today.

Major Rowley, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, arrived to liaise repositions for his machine guns. An Infantry Officer from 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade (Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Regina Rifle Regiment and Canadian Scottish Regiment) visited the Infantry Officer. There was a Battalion "O" Group at 1730 hrs at which internal administration matters were discussed. The Senior Jewish Padre visited the Battalion today. "A" Company spent a fairly quiet day. An enemy patrol threw grenades across the canal but because of very heavy mist, visibility was nil. There was heavy Mortaring and Artillery after 1700 hrs. "B" Coy changed from u/c 21 C.A.R. (Governor General's Foot Guards) to u/c 22 C.A.R. (Canadian Grenadier Guards). Lieutenant-Colonel Halpenny of the 22 C.A.R. placed some 60 odd Belgian patriots u/c (under command) Captain Styffe and Captain Styffe placed them in 7 Platoon of zone and 'Crubbe'. In "C" Coy's area a German patrol crossed the canal at 0200 hrs and worked their way into the Arty lines. They waited in ambush for out contact patrol and fired on them killing Private Woodbeck and wounding one other. In the afternoon 85 Belgian patriots came under command to strengthen our positions. The rest of the day passed without incidence.

Clarence his older brother Private (C/120203) Morris Everett served with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, R.C.I.C. Morris enlisted on November 9, 1942 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He was qualified to jump on March 7, 1943. On July 24 he went Overseas to the U.K. He was one of the few Canadian Paras who jumped on D-DAY! and was reported missing. No further details. He was reported killed in action (age 28) and temporary buried 300m South of Varaville, France on the Petiville road on July 1, 1944. Morris is buried at Ranville War Cemetery, France Plot VA, Row B, Grave 3.