Gunner training, didn't liked it. 45th Light Anti Aircraft Troop, Royal Canadian Artillery.
Assigned to the North Shore Regiment on August 21, 1944.
Wounded on October 13, 1944.
Had 3 brothers Overseas: Wilfred, Gerald and Joseph (adopted).
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment war diary reports on October 13, 1944:
IJzendijke, Netherlands MR 187118 (Wittestraat, Biervliet, Netherlands).
Weather: Clear and cool.
At 0830 hrs, "B" Coy moved off, followed by "C" Coy and "D" Coy and all three reported good progress at 0900 hrs.
At 0925 hrs "C" Coy reported 40 Prisoners coming in. Typhoons (Air Force) attacked enemy positions at 0925 hrs for 15 minutes, which resulted in Prisoners. Artillery laid down fire when called on and fire was reported as being effective.
At 0950 hrs, "A" Coy reported being in new position. "C" Coy reported being held up by M.G. Fire and "B" Coy reported mines in their area. All Coys gained their objectives after being pinned down by M.G. fire, held up by mines and also received some shelling.
From this operation we took 4 German Officers and 232 Other Ranks as Prisoners. Our unit lost 1 Other Rank killed (Nowe), 1 Officer wounded, Lieutenant T. Galatizine, 13 Other Ranks wounded and 1 Other Rank missing. The air and Artillery support was a very great factor in this attack.
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!