MCBLAIN, MALCOLM THOMAS

Birthdate
Birthplace
Speers, Saskatchewan, Canada
Age
24
Parents
Son of Peter and Madeline McBlain of Keatley, Saskatchewan, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Farm laborer
Service number
L/27567
Engagement
1940-06-19
Disembarked
1944-06-06, France D-DAY
Date of death
1944-10-27
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Regina Rifle Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 9 | Row F | Grave 8

"THY WILL BE DONE"

Military grave
Additional info

Classified Signals on May 24, 1941.

Awarded One Good Conduct Badge on June 19, 1942.

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.

MCBLAIN, MALCOLM THOMAS
Source: VAC
WW2 temporary burial Canadians Maldegem
Temporary burial: Maldegem, Belgium.