LAND, EARL LEROY

Birthdate
Birthplace
Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada
Age
21
Parents
Son of William Leroy and Elva May Land of Paddockwood, Saskatchewan, Canada
Religion
Latter Day Saints
Occupation
Labourer
Service number
L/74475
Engagement
1942-02-02
Disembarked
1944-07-23, France
Date of death
1944-09-25
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), R.C.I.C.
Plot 10 | Row D | Grave 2

"SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS" IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR SON EARL"

Military grave
Additional info

A good type of chap who is a little immature yet and has had scarlet fever since joining the Army. Good material and should develop well. Wishes infantry work, as a sniper if possible.

Qualified Driver I/C Class 3 Wheeled on January 25, 1943.

The Lake Superior Regiment war diary reports on September 25, 1944:
Maldegem, Belgium (MR 004996, Rivierenhof) Cold morning after rain in the night but it became warm and sunny in the afternoon. Bn. H.Q. was in a static position with little activity along the canal (river De Eede). Brig. Moncel visited this H.Q. at approximately 1000 hrs. "B" Coy was sent to join the 28th (British Columbia Regiment) who are relieving the 21st (Governor General's Foot Guards) and "A" Coy. "A" Coy came u/c of Bn. and harboured in this area. "D" Coy will take over position from "B" Coy on the canal and will be relieved later by "A" Coy. "A" Coy was relieved by "B" Coy and they came out for a 24 hrs rest where they were paid and went on a bath parade. "B" Coy while still in position along the canal had one man, Pte. Land, killed by a sniper. After they relieved "A" Coy they sent out patrols but encountered no enemy. "C" Coy had 2 patrols out, one, u/c Lt. A. Johnstone moved down to the vicinity of the bridge at 033019 (Boomstraatje/ Vlotweg, Belgium) to create a diversion for the other patrol which was going to cross the canal further down. This patrol ran heavy M.G. fire and so returned. There were no casualties in "C" Coy.