Had two brothers overseas (Mike and James Polishak). Both are not report as war dead.
The Regina Rifles Regiment war diary reports on October 6, 1944: Weather has been clear and moonlit all night, but very cold. Cold wind all day, but no rain. Adjt and IO move forward at 0030 hrs. CO at 0330 hrs. 2IC moves forward with vehicles at 0630 hrs and BnHQ set up at 019013 (crossroad Westweg and Moerhuizestraat, between Strobrugge and Moerhuize, Belgium).
Assault commences on time but "A" Coy is turned back by a concentrated MG fire. "B" Coy force crossing and hold position with considerable casualties. "D" Coy goes in and after some difficulty force crossing and hold on despite continues MG and Mortar fire, arriving on other side at 0855 hrs. "C" Coy follow on "D" Coy.
Axis and get across and firmly establish by 1020 hrs. MG and Mortar fire are continues, many landing in area of BnHQ, along road. Fighter bombers attack targets in vicinity of Aardenburg, Netherlands at 1115 hrs. Continued counter attacks by enemy makes it impossible for our Coy's to move forward and "A" Coy are sent across.
Praise is due to our SP Artillery, who bring down tasks immediately on request, and break up what appeared to be several attempts at organized counter attack.
Enemy became quiet during evening and darkness falls without a major counter attack being put in. O Gp at 2330 hrs CO reviews operations so far, and expresses his satisfaction and that of higher comd, That our Coy's have held to their bridgeheads despite opposition, which turned out to be much stronger than expected along this line of canal. Fact that we have been unable to advance to our objectives has not displeased higher command. Locations of Sub Units: "A" Coy 017019 (250 meters from Belgium/Netherlands border), "C" Coy 021018 (right of "A" Coy near Vlotweg), "D" Coy 013018 (left of "A" Coy), "B" Coy (Royal Montreal Regiment) have insufficient personnel left to carry on as a Company and join "A" Coy (RRR).
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.
It took me 2 years of preparation and it will take about 2 years to proces all the data into this website. So, please contact me if you'd like to use some of the information from this website. Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily, during the few free hours, by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers. Thank you!