Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on February 13, 1943.
The Algonquin war diary reports on October 20, 1944: "A" Coy reached their objective early, without encountering any opposition. While firming up the Coy came under mortar, shell and SA fire. 8 Platoon on the right came under direct fire from an Atk gun, and led by Lt C.A. Ratte, they neutralized the fire of this gun and then attacked across marshy ground to ensure that the gun did come back into action. They reached the gun position and then came under fire from an MG and suffered 9 casualties.
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!