Disembarked in France with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada on July 10, 1944.
Assigned to the Regina Rifle Regiment on July 13, 1944.
Att. to First Cdn. Army H.Q. Defence Bn. (Royal Montreal Regiment) on September 15, 1944 until October 15, 1944.
The Regina Rifle Regiment war diary reports on October 16, 1944:
019013 (Moerhuizestraat, Moerhuize, Belgium)
Weather: Has rained most of the night but clears and is sunny for most of the day. Cold wind from the South and South East.
Enemy shelling has continued to be heavy around area of bridge, but it is still intact. During the night Canadian Scottish Regiment move two companies further North to area of Eede, Netherlands and straddling main cross roads at 010028 (Brieversstraat/ N251 Rijksweg/ Brieversweg, Eede, Netherlands). Our "A" Coy at 0600 hrs moved across main road and are located at 005017 (Fortuinstraat/ Dijkstraat, Belgium) "B" Coy cross road and push North following CSR, and take up positions 008030 (Brieversstraat/ N251 Rijksweg, Eede, Netherlands), 005030 (Zwaanstraat, Eede, Netherlands), 004026 (Scheidingstraat, Eede, Netherlands) with Coy H.Q. at 005025 (Scheidingstraat/ Schoolstraat, Eede, Netherlands). "D" Coy is now West from their position on canal and in afternoon plan to attack pillbox at 999017 (Dijkstraat - +/- 400m West of Fortuinstraat beside the Leopold canal). Liaison with 3 Anti Tank Regiment on our left brings us the support of an M10 Tank to aid "D" Coy in the attack, and by 1800 hrs they have cleared the pillbox and "D" Coy H.Q. is set up there. 17 Prisoners have been taken in this attack and some information is obtained wich reveals #3 and #5 Coy of 1037 Regiment (Germans) had been on that front with part of #5 Coy holding pillbox. Balance were held in reserve for counter attack but PW believe our mortaring prevented them putting in attack. General temperament of PW shows they have lost their spirit and do not expect this pocket to hold out as long as they had at first expected. By now, Companies have settled in and report their fronts quiet with some mortaring still going on but not much enemy activity. "C" Coy has moved back to area and are resting.
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