OLIVER, JOHN FREDERICK

Birthdate
Birthplace
Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of John and Pearl Adaline Oliver of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Brick Moulder
Service number
B/119925
Engagement
1943-12-06, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1944-06-27, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-08-12, France
Date of death
1944-09-09
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 3 | Row C | Grave 2
Grave Adopted
Unknown
Military grave
Additional info

Qualified Motor Cycle Driver Class 3 on May 19, 1944.

Assigned to the Lake Superior Regiment on August 18, 1944.

The Lake Superior Regiment war diary reports on September 9, 1944: 

Reveille was a 0700 hrs and the day was warm and clear. There was to be no move before 1600 hrs. All Coy's were stationary but various patrols were to be carried out to ascertain what the enemy defences were. At 2100 hrs at the Brigade 'O' Gp orders were received that the Brigade would cross at 'Comedy' while we kept the Germans occupied. "A" Company spent a quiet morning except for 5 shells landing in the area but there were no casualties. At 1400 hrs the Scout Platoon under Lieutenant J.K. Brown received orders to take an Engineer Officer to the bridge over the canal at Steenbrugge, Belgium to see if the bridge could be repaired. The found that bridge had a 50 ft gap in it and was in such a state that crash bridging could not be accomplished. They are not fired upon. At 0800 hrs "C" Company received 4 prisoners, one was a Colonel of the Catering Corps. Walter Elslander a Belgian patriot, was permanently attended to this Company as a guide and interpreter and was found to be very useful. At 1900 hrs the Battalion made an attack on Brugge, Belgium with "C" Company in the centre, "B" on the right and "A" on the left. "C" Company came under heavy shelling and Machine Gun fire but our own M.G.'s silenced them. They than came under Mortar fire but continued the attack. No. 11 Platoon under Lieutenant Johannesson penetrated 200x across the marshalling yards, then stopped. They heard German pistol fire trying to draw their fire but could not hear nothing from the flanking Platoon. They then decided that they were walking into a trap and withdrew. Four men were missing but believed safe. No. 12 Platoon had a tough break and lost 10 men: 1 killed, 1 wounded and 8 missing including Lieutenant Braithwaite. Sergeant Worobec tried to get a wounded man back but the enemy fire was too heavy. The men say that darkness was the main handicap the Germans had well fortified positions. The Coy's had a 100% stand in case of a counter attack.