Promoted to the rank of A/L.Cpl on February 17, 1943.
Promoted to the rank of L/Sgt on May 18, 1943.
Revert to rank of Rifleman on own request on November 2, 1943.
Forfeit One Good Conduct Badge on April 17, 1944.
3 Brothers Overseas. Quinton McBlain (South Alberta Regiment), Bruce James McBlain and Gordon Hugh McBlain both Royal Canadian Artillery, 15 Field Regiment. None reported as war dead.
The Regina Rifle Regiment war diary reports on October 27, 1944:
050193 Gatshoeve (Gerard de Moorsweg, Groede, Netherlands)
0700 hrs Weather--Considerable fog hanging on surface of ground. Calm and cold. Fog turns to mist and light rain in the afternoon and evening.
1020 Considerable shelling. Move forward to new area. BnHQ being in "D" Coy area. Pill boxes are deceiving for doors and windows have been painted on them to represent people's homes. Location BnHQ 050182 (Gerard de Moorsweg, Groede, Netherlands), "A" Coy 023188 (crossing Baanstpoldersedijk and Zeedijk, Nieuwvliet, Netherlands), "B" Coy 043194 (Zeedijk 'De Groese Duintjes', Groede, Netherlands), "C" Coy 032191 (crossing Sint Bavodijk and Zeedijk, Nieuwvliet, Netherlands), "D" Coy 050182 (Gerard de Moorsweg, Groede, Netherlands), Carrier Platoon 050177 (Catsweg, Groede, Netherlands). Rear BnHQ moved up to 079177 (crossing Herenweg and Provincialeweg, Boerenhol, Netherlands) and arrived before 1000 hrs. On the completion of battalion moving out rear BnHQ moved in.
Total PW taken today 108 including 2 Officers. One prisoner from 10 Coy Marines says that there are just the odds and sods left to fight now. They are living on hard track. He expects that more will surrender when we make our attacks. Another prisoner, an Austrian, is very bitter towards the Germans and says he will give as much information as possible. Says he has been a clerk in Breskens, Netherlands for 4 years. 64 Div HQ is around Cadzand, Netherlands. Captain Wolleman is his Officer. More prisoners will be coming. Has not eaten since 5 PM yesterday. One Officer is from Cadzand, Netherlands and says there are about 50 prisoners who are Marines and are working with the Infantry. PW today include mariners, artillerymen, infantrymen and parachutists.
Some shelling in the area around 1900-2000 hrs. Col and IO to Brigade twice today. Artillery tasks being revised as enemy have one of our FOO's. Everything fairly quiet rest of the night, some trouble with telephone and wireless sets.
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!