Qualified Plate Layer's Helper Group C on November 18, 1941.
Overseas on January 26, 1942.
Qualified Pioneer Group C on November 29, 1942.
Assigned to the 18 Field Company, RCE on April 9, 1944.
Qualified Driver I/C (Wheeled) on May 1, 1944.
One brother in the Army Overseas. Gunner Albert Leo "Pete" LaBarre. Survived the war.
The 18 Field Coy, RCE war diary reports on October 23, 1944:
Boekhoute, Belgium (Noordstraat/ Ooststraat)
Weather - fair
1 Platoon spent the day salvaging chespaling from the landing ramps built some time ago. Apparently chespaling is in very short supply and every scrap must be salvaged. 2 Platoon cleared the roads in Breskens, Netherlands and also cleared the main road South as far as 088182 (Oude Rijksweg, Breskens). 3 Platoon attempted to clear the roads in Schoondijke, Netherlands but little was accomplished due to by shelling. About 1100 hrs they suffered 3 men killed and 9 men wounded. They were in a shelter but the shell came in the door-way. It was a most unfortunate accident.
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.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!