MCCARTNEY, ALEX CUNNINGHAM

Birthdate
Birthplace
Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada
Age
27
Parents
Son of John and Agnes McCartney of Chatham Head, New Brunswick, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
G/22663
Engagement
1940-06-19, Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada
Overseas
1941-07-18, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-06-06 D-DAY!
Date of death
1944-10-15
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Awards
North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 4 | Row D | Grave 7

"HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE"

Military grave
Additional info

Awarded One Good Conduct Badge on June 20, 1942.

Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal on May 2, 1944.

Embarked on June 2, 1944 from England to France. Alex must have been with the first wave of the D-Day landings.

The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment war diary reports on October 15, 1944:
Kapitalen Dam MR176087 (Driesprongweg, Biervliet, Netherlands).
Weather: Cool and overcast with showers.

At 0800 hrs, forward Coy's moved off. Order of march was "A", "B", Command Post, "C" and "D" Coys. Rear Battalion was to stay in present position. At 0845 hrs, "B" Company reported having run into mines at MR165079 (Annaweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands - 300 metres North of Isabellaweg), which was in the area of the station. "A" Company reported being held up by Snipers at MR165079 (Pyramide, IJzendijke, Netherlands - 400 metres South of Isabellaweg). Progress was very slow. RECCE reported enemy contact in Mollekot, IJzendijke, Netherlands, strength unknown. 

At 1140 hrs, "A" Coy reported their position at MR162081 (Isabellaweg, IJzendijke, Netherlands - between Pyramide and Weg aan het verlaat, IJzendijke, Netherlands) and 1220 hrs "B" Coy position was at MR167079 (crossing Pyramide/Plattedijk). At 1350 hrs, "A" Coy reported being counter attacked and called for Carriers, but the (Bren) Carriers could not assist them as "B" Coy had not arrived to take over from them. However M10 Tanks were sent up to assist "A" Coy. By 1505 hrs, "C" Coy reported in positions and at 1715 hrs, "A" Coy was pulled back from their positions, so that Artillery fire could be brought down. Remaining Coy's gained their objectives and after some fighting "A" Coy was successful in reaching theirs. At 1735 hrs to Commanding Officer was called to Brigade.