KNOWLES, ELLIS ALBIN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Clifton, Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada
Age
25
Parents
Son of Raymond and Emily Knowles, of Canobie, Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
G/22397
Engagement
1940-06-12, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada
Overseas
1941-07-18, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-06-06 D-DAY!
Date of death
1944-10-16
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 4 | Row D | Grave 4

"FAR FROM HOME YOU ARE SLEEPING HERE BUT IN OUR HEARTS YOU ARE ALWAYS NEAR. MOTHER"

Military grave
Additional info

Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal on June 18, 1942.

Promoted to the rank of Corporal on November 13, 1942.

Promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant on July 26, 1943.

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant on May 2, 1944.

Embarked in U.K. on June 2, 1944 for D-Day. Ellis could be one of the first on the Normandy beaches.

Wounded on July 8, 1944. Wounds were small. Right buttock, left knee and have healed in a satisfactory manner. Returned to Unit to duty after 7 days. And returned to France on August 26, 1944.

Awarded the Croix de Guerre 1940 avec Palme. This award was granted in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the liberation of Belgium in the Second World War.

The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment war diary reports on October 16, 1944:
Mollekot MR145067 (Crossroad Mollekotweg/ Vrijedijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands).
Weather: Clear and cool, with showers during the day.

At 0400 hrs, Brigade reported position of air targets for today. Companies were to continue their advance and by 0935 hrs, "C" Coy reported they were on their first objective at the Customs House MR137073 (Watervlietsesteenweg/ Veldzigt, IJzendijke, Netherlands) and at 1145 hrs, "B" Coy reported they were in De Roskam MR138080 (Farm at crossing Mollekotweg/ Schorredijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands).

At 1330 hrs, "A" Coy were in Mollekot MR145067 (Crossroad Mollekotweg/ Vrijedijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands). "B" Coy reported heavy gun fire on them, and 2 Carriers were reported knocked out.

By 1415 hrs, "C" Coy reported almost on objective and no opposition so far. The Commanding Officer ordered "C" Coy to send a patrol to MR129089 (Crossing Mollekotweg/ Oudemansdijk, Watervlietseweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands) as soon as they were on their objective and if this area was clear to hold until "B" Coy moved up. 

At 1525 hrs, "C" Coy reported being fired on by machine guns. They were on objective but still doing some fighting. 

At 1655 hrs, Spitfires (British fighter planes) machine-gunned our "C" and "D" Coys, but luckily no casualties resulted to our Troops. One civilian was hit. 

By 1925 hrs, all Companies were on objective. Artillery Defence Force tasks were to sent to all Companies.