The 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars (7th Reconnaissance Regiment, 7th RECCE) war diary reports on October 30, 1944: The main objective for the day was Sluis, Netherlands and "A" Squadron with "C" Squadron Troop, the entire Regimental Support Group and one troop of self-propelled guns was assigned the job. At about 0700 hrs they sent patrols towards the town and made contact with the Third Canadian Anti-tank Regiment who were holding the ground on the left flank. Third Troop got as far as Saint Joseph's College, 975093 (Groenevelt/ Burgemeester Aernoudtsweg, Sluis, Netherlands), where they were pinned down by machine gun fire and mines. Here they found that that Third Anti-tank were occupying half the college, and the Germans the other half. One M10 tank destroyer was blown up near the college and so obstructed the road that no other vehicle could pass. First Troop came up the road leading north-west into Sluis. They too stopped by machine guns and mines at 976084, Heilleweg, Sluis, Netherlands. Here Corporal MacKenzie was killed by a sniper.
Fallen buddies: The list of names from these soldiers are those that were temporary buried (military grave) on the same location before they eventually were reburied at the Adegem War Cemetery in Belgium.
There might be an age difference between the profile and headstone. The age on the profile comes from the soldier's service records. It's well known that some lied about their age.
Military grave coordinations are not always spot on, but pretty accurate to the map references in the soldier's service records.
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!