The Algonquin war diary reports on September 22, 1944: ...By last light with a troop of armour in support, "D" Coy consolidated around Comd Post and the carrier platoon was sent to reinforce and establish a firm base. During the battle on Officer and 15 OR's joined the Coy. They had just arrived and came right up to join the Coy. Lieutenant Byrnes leading a patrol at 1930 hrs trying to contact the forward platoon under cover of darkness was fired on by MG in the forward positions and was reported missing. The enemy counterattacked at 2000 hrs and the Coy fell back to the area of Comd Post and consolidated and beat off the attack.
"C" Coy found themselves in the same postion for most the day with the exception of 1 platoon which went forward with "D" Coy and Engineers for the purpose of road clearing. This platoon under Lieutenant Leaver crossed the obstacle at Isabella and were subjected to intense fire in the afternoon. At this time they had 10 casualties, 2 killed, 4 wounded and 4 missing. They withdraw behind the obstacle and remained with "D" Coy until relieved at 2100 hrs by "B" Coy. They then returned to the Coy area at Bouchaute (Boekhoute), Belgium square 1903 F and B sheet 22 and 32 to which the Coy had moved in the meantime. There the Coy took up a role of counter attack force supporting "A" Coy. They remained in this position for the balance of the night.
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.
It took me 2 years of preparation and it will take about 2 years to proces all the data into this website. So, please contact me if you'd like to use some of the information from this website. Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily, during the few free hours, by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers. Thank you!