Assigned to the Canadian Scottish Regiment on May 25, 1944.
Wounded on July 26, 1944. Sustained a bruised back as well as a shell wound to the right scapula and right leg.
Back from U.K. to France on September 4, 1944.
Missing on October 7, 1944. Reported safe on October 11, 1944.
The Canadian Scottish Regiment war diary reports on October 14, 1944:
MR 014001 (Broekhuizestraat, Maldegem, Belgium)
Total strength: Officers 33 Other ranks 705.
Rain early A.M. Then clear and warm.
The wild counter-attacks of last evening by the enemy petered out and gave everyone some rest before first light this morning. Heavy enemy Arty fire means that the rations are difficult to deliver to the forward Coys. We now have several large calibre coastal guns firing on our bridges - probably from the Vlissingen, Netherlands (Other side of the Western Scheldt) area. Army life has not been monotonous for some time.
1040 hrs A/OC Major D.G. Crofton recced foward to "A" and "B" Coys postions with Major Lambe of an Armoured Squadron. It is their intention to send a tank effort through to those areas this afternoon for some target practice. A reported possible enemy O.P. at 005029 (Brieversstraat/ Zwaanstraat, Netherlands) by "C" Coy brought down an Arty barrage in the area. O.P's are scarce in this flat country so we blast every suspect with heavy doses of shells.
1150 hrs The air support had some trouble and one parachutist was seen to bail out over "A" Coys area. The Coy readied to receive him should he land within our boundaries.
1300 hrs A score was made for enemy Arty when they knocked out one of our 15 cwts as it tried to run the gauntlet between the bridge bear Strobrugge, Belgium. The town of Eede, Netherlands still resisted our efforts to infiltrate so the tanks were put to work.
1645 hrs They were successful in clearing a pill-box at 000018 (Dijkstraat/ Fortuinstraat, Belgium) and knocking out a 75mm gun at 00020 (Dijkstraat/ Fortuinstraat, Belgium).
The other tanks which went to 009028 (Brieversweg/ Brieversstraat, Netherlands) "A" Coy area met heavy opposition but frightened approx 45 enemy into surrendering.
1845 hrs "D" Coy moved into the neighbourhood of 000018 (Dijkstraat/ Fortuinstraat, Belgium) after it had been cleared by the tanks. This put them all across on the West side of the road. "C" Coy withdrew to have both of its two Platoons on the East side of the road. "A" Coy found that the enemy had immediately sent replacements into the area cleared by the tanks this afternoon. The plans now unfolfed by A/OC Major D.C. Crofton showed that after another workout by the tanks tomorrow we would attempt to put troops into Eede, Netherlands and to hold it.
Patrols were sent out by the RECCE Platoon and by "A" Coy to cover the West flank and North front to the cross-roads at 009028 (Brieversweg/ Brieversstraat, Netherlands).
Casualties: Officers: NIL Other Ranks Killed 1 Wounded 4.
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