This man was seen by the A.E. during a routine interview of the Platoon. He is a good average soldier. M. Baldwin, Lieutenant.
The inscription of his stone comes from a Christmas song "Star Of The East", which was one of Gerald's favorite songs, according a letter from his mother.
His soldiers service book contains the poem "For Honour and for Her!"
The Algonquin War Diary reports: "Oostercampe" (Oostkamp) September 10th, 1944. In the morning the remainder of the bn (battalion) moved into an area outside Oostercampe MR 862926 (area between today's Gruuthuselaan and 'de Cellen' castle.) F and B sheet 21 and 31. The bridge had been completed at 0500 hrs but enemy resistance continued on the east bank of the canal de Ghent. At 2100 hrs C Coy was ordered to cross the canal and consolidate at Eekhoute farm MR 870951(Van Cailliedreef) F and B sheet 21 and 31 by passing through the A & SH of C (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada). The position was taken and held against continuous enemy fire. Casualties were reported to be 4 killed (L/Cpl Bulger F/60610, Pte Mc EACHERN A/105378, Sgt MYERS L/100000 and Cpl PARYSEK B/54708) and 4 wounded. Capt MASON was wounded in the foot.
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!