1939: Royal Canadian Engineers (11th Field Coy, R.C.E.). At the time service number A/20119.
L/Sgt on September 9, 1939. Sgt on October 4, 1939. A/CSM on January 5, 1490.
Class Pioneer Clerk Group "C" on July 29, 1940.
Overseas on August 23, 1940.
Awarded the Canadian Efficiency Medal in April, 1944.
Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles on October 13, 1944.
Killed in action (headshot) near Steenhoven, Netherlands. A few days before the attack on Oostburg, Netherlands.
The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 21, 1944:
STEENHOVEN 076113 (Steenhovensedijk, Netherlands)
Reveille – Misty and cool.
There was occasional shellfire during the night.
1545 We had a grandstand view of Typhoons giving SCHOONDIJKE, Netherlands a going over. This is one of the places that gives us plenty of trouble.
1630 “B” Coy went back as they were stopped by mines. After these had been looked after they went forward but had to consolidate 500 yds short of their objective.
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!