Qualified Driver I/C Wheeled Class III on October 8, 1943.
Overseas on February 15, 1944.
Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada on July 10, 1944.
Wounded on July 18, 1944. Multiple small puncture wounds on legs and face. All wounds appear very minor. Steel wound both legs, face and neck.
Had 3 brothers in the Army. Laurie, Canadian Armoured Coprs. Floyd, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps and Orval, Royal Canadian Engineers.
Killed in action in the area IJzendijke, Steenhoven, Oostburg.
The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 20, 1944: IJZENDIJKE, Netherlands 158087 (Zuiddiepe, between Nolleweg and Isabellaweg, Netherlands).
Reveille rain with high wind.
During the night a German army cook walked into a house occupied by "D" Coy. Quite a lot of excitement trying to figure out how he got in.
0930 First batch of men for 48 hrs leave left for “A” Ech, 2 officers and 18 OR’s. We all hope they enjoy themselves.
1000 Adv BHQ set up in STEENHOVEN 076113 (Steenhovensedijk, Netherlands). The Coys are set up in front on the road to OOSTBURG, Netherlands which is one of the Jerry’s main points of resistance in this pocket.
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!