MCEACHERN, GERALD BERTRAM

Birthdate
Birthplace
Grey Township, Ontario, Canada
Age
22
Parents
Son of Wesley Cleveland and Mary Lois McEachern of Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Buffer
Service number
A/105378
Engagement
1942-11-24
Disembarked
1944-07-26, France
Date of death
1944-09-10
Died
Killed in action, Belgium
Force
Rank
Awards
Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 9 | Row A | Grave 4

"STAR OF THE EAST, SMILES OF A SAVIOUR ARE MIRRORED IN THEE, O STAR OF THE EAST"

Military grave
Additional info

1943-01-20
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.