Enlisted to the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders on July 31, 1942.
Confirmed to the rank of Lance Corporal on July 26, 1944.
Had 2 brothers in the Army. Kenneth (unknown Regiment) and Lewis with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders war diary reports on October 17, 1944:
0026 hrs: Occasional 88mm falling in our vicinity, presumably from the Island.
0245 hrs: "C" Coy patrol fired on by enemy near culvert at 140165 (Westlangeweg/ Kruisweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands), wounding the Corporal. They discovered mines between the woods and 140165.
0420 hrs: "B" Coy patrol returning report the sound of voices at objective, but no movement.
0520 hrs: Enemy high velocity gun firing right down main street from the West.. mostly AP.
0550 hrs: Cameron Highlanders Officer reports to O.C. for instructions on supporting fire and role in today's operation.
0645 hrs: A Polish soldier, deserting from the German Army arrives in the Command Post, and reports enemy cannon at 139165 (Westlangeweg/ Kruisweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands). Dykes running South from 138167 (Area: Hooge Platen - Westlangeweg/ Kruisweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands) are held by enemy.
0650 hrs: 88mm Cannon also reported in woods 127158 (Scherpenheuvel/ Oranjedijk, Sasput, Netherlands). In concrete emplacements there are reported to be 3.7" Anti Aircraft guns at both sides of mouth of canal at Nummer Een, Netherlands. Also reported is a 4 gun battery of 88mm at the base of tower on West wall of Breskens, Netherlands. 2 guns are reported to be knocked out by bombing.
0727 hrs: Approximately 50 more prisoners being marched in to PW cage.
0728 hrs: Leading child of Highland Light Infantry of Canada are on RUM, which likely is a Regimental word for 'Germans'.
0800 hrs: HLI request fire on Green square.
0825 hrs: HLI report RUM plus 700 yards on right flank. They are moving close to Mortar area 4 (woods, square 1315 (Oranjedijk/ Klakbaan, Netherlands)). If they enter woods they are to notify Brigadier who will stop the fire on the area.
0836 hrs: "A" and "C" Coys are notified to start regrouping now. "C" Coy is to keep some troops on the ground until "A" Coy reaches its area.
0842 hrs: HLI report a patrol of planes overhead and are worried lest the planes have not been informed that the HLI rare past RUM.
0845 hrs: HLI report small arms fire opposing them on the left flank of RUM. One plane dropped a bomb... possibly a 500 pound bomb. 8 Spitfires are flying around.
0855 hrs: Brigade notifies North Nova Scotia Highlanders to have a small force ready to take over from Highland Light Infantry of Canada child on RUM when, one phase 2, the HLI move on.
0915 hrs: Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders ask Highland Light Infantry of Canada on reaching objective they can engage windmill 124162 (Sasput, Netherlands) with their peashooters. HLI sitrep: OK on RUM, centre consolidated, on right one child RUM plus 700. A hornets nest has been struck on left.. very stiff fighting. HLI agree to engage windmill as soon as they get into position.
0920 hrs: All stations informed "Stop firing on RUM".
0925 hrs: Prisoners are coming out of green square 133158 (Oranjedijk/ Kruisweg, Netherlands) and moving South to HLI. We are not to fire on them. NNSH are to be prepared to take over on RUM on left.
1015 hrs: C.O. orders "C" Coy as reserve Coy to move now to woods in square 1315, taking carrier section, flame and Anti Tank. They are to contact HLI as soon as possible. The HLI have bypassed the wood... have taken a lot of prisoners. Major Clarke, Comd of "C" Coy SDG is informed on the mines reported on the axis of advance along the stop of dyke.
1050 hrs: Enemy Mortars shelling at dyke at 135148 (between Klakbaan and Roodenhoek, Netherlands).
1055 hrs: Targets asked for in air have been accepted except 3 guns across the water.
1100 hrs: "C" Coy is on its way to the woods. There is thought to be no Jerry's remaining now in the woods.
1107 hrs: "C" Coy, HLI are being shelled from approximately 108132 (Het Molentje/ Statendijk, IJzendijke, Netherlands).
1130 hrs: Brigade are to move where HLI were yesterday 148136 (Sint Pietersdijk/ Polderstraat, Biervliet, Netherlands). "C" Coy report taking prisoners in the woods at which have arrived. Little opposition. "C" Coy are to be prepared to support "A" Coy with weapons when advance starts.
1204 hrs: "C" Coy Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa are to fire target 3. Enemy are retiring to this position 135164 (Kruisweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands). Enemy guns are active, probably the ones at Vlissingen, Netherlands (other side of the Western Scheldt.)
1210 hrs: Brigade requests air support immediately on Vlissingen.
1240 hrs: "B" Coy reports being shelled from guns at Vlissingen.
1338 hrs: HLI report to Brigade that sluice gate at Nummer Een, Netherlands is reported to have been opened by the Germans. Operator of the gate, "van Weynesberghe" by name, is supposed to live at 115173 (Duivelshoekseweg, Nummer Een, Netherlands). The sluice gates were opened a week ago and if left open two weeks, the area where we are will be flooded.
1425 hrs: HLI have two Coy's on COGNAC: opposition was light on left, but on the right the fight is by no means over. The C.O. (SDG) informs his Coy's that because of the difficulties on the HLI right flank we may have to wait before moving.
1445 hrs: HLI report COGNAC Charlie.
1447 hrs: NNSH report one 88mm at 126164 (Westelijke Dwarsweg, Slijkplaat, Netherlands), one 88mm at 139164 (Westlangeweg/ Kruisweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands), 200 enemy dug in West side between 137176 and 134156 (Kruisweg, Netherlands). Two 50mm guns and 50 or 70 Germans at 124176 ("Het Gemaal").
1520 hrs: Maplay has been compromised and slidex is to be used until the 18th. "A" Coy report COGNAC.
1555 hrs: Borth "A" and "D" (right and left forward Coy's) are now on their objectives. "D" Coy have taken 50 to 60 prisoners.
1650 hrs: Poor weather doesn't permit the guns at Vlissingen, Netherlands to be engaged by air.
1705 hrs: O.C. Reports "A" Coy up to COGNAC and passed it. Concealed gun knocked out 2 of supporting carriers. Things not going so well at the moment.
1815 hrs: "B" Coy have passed through "D" Coy and have reached their objective.
1816 hrs: "D" Coy are consolidated.
1820 hrs: "C" Coy have passed through "D" Coy and are moving to "A" Coy axis.
1925 hrs: Locations: "A" Coy, 127173 (Magereind, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands), "B" Coy, 128172 (Just East of "A" Coy), "C" Coy, 135158 (Kruisweg - center), "D" Coy, 125163 (Westelijke Dwarsweg - between Slijkplaat and Sasput).
2030 hrs: "A" Coy at 127173 is pinned down with no communications. A 18 set and operator is urgently required. The carrier Platoon lost a carrier on the road at 143164 (Westlangeweg - center between Kruisweg and Hogewegdijk, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands) as a result of a direct hit by an enemy gun. The set was left turned on and it is playing hell with communications. C.O. orders the set to be turned off. It is a scurvy night... Very dark and very wet.
2120 hrs: Enemy are flooding area that the HLI are in and the area will be completely flooded in serval hours.
2150 hrs: "A" Coy blitz Driver reports that his Coy is on its objective. The men are sheltering in German pillboxes for the night. They had some difficulty approaching objective due to enemy Snipers, but on reaching objective met little opposition.
2151 hrs: C.O. informs Brigade that the sluice gates are reversible and can be shut with incoming tide and opened when tide goes out.
2225 hrs: C.O. arranges meeting with Engineers at "A" Coy. The tide is out and water is flowing out.
2242 hrs: The Brigadier expresses anxiety over the sluice gate situation. The gates are of great importance as they could easily bog us down and he wants us to get the Engineers working on the problem.
2245 hrs: SDG report that the 88mm which was firing on the carriers had not fired since engaged by Shelldrake. The Brigadier counsels that if SDG fail to lok after the gun before first light.. well.. "You've had it".
2255 hrs: Not brought to the C.P. from Major Bradon, O.C., "A" Coy, I am now at 147163 (Westlangeweg/ Inlaag, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands). We are pinned down by 88mm. The Wessel is knocked out, also Foo's carrier and Wasp. We still have 1 sec carriers and sec A/Tk but not sure if guns can still fire. I am unable to move carriers until 88mm is taken out as he has us taped right down. I will try to get back as soon confirmation comes through that the gun is taken out. Captain Smith (who had been in a carrier which was wrecked nu the enemy) is with me and has gone to BHQ. The only way I can move is to go ahead as the road is blocked. Map ref where gun is firing from is 123168 (Slijkplaat/ Westelijke Dwarsweg). (Signed, CSM Moran).
2315 hrs: The SDG are to push on as previously planned after having cleared the gun position before fist light.
2350 hrs: Shelldrake informs C.O. that his comrade, on returning from the wrecked carrier, reports that the 88mm was firing an hour ago.
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