SHERMAN, GORDON HILLIER

Birthdate
Birthplace
Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Age
22
Parents
Son of Gordon and Ina Mae Sherman of Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Religion
United Church of Canada
Occupation
Labourer
Service number
A/50325
Engagement
1942-12-02, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1943-12-15, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-25, France
Date of death
1944-09-09
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 8 | Row E | Grave 3

"THEY THAT SOW IN TEARS SHALL REAP IN JOY. PSALM CXXVI.5"

Military grave
Additional info

Assigned to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment on January 11, 1944.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment war diary reports on September 9, 1944:
Dull and clearing
0005 hrs: The O GP moved to the Command Post at MR 871931 (Bareelstraat, Oostkamp, Belgium).

0100 hrs: "D" Company under heavy fire from the flanks (20mm and SA) crossed the canal. The going was very slow but the Battalion succeeded in contacting the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada who had met fierce resistance.

0300 hrs: The Battalion deployed and took up positions as follows: "A" Coy 873940 (Sint-Godelievestraat, just South of Moerbruggeplein), "B" Coy 873939 (just South East of "A" Coy), "C" Coy 875939 (crossing Valentijn Hennemanstraat/ Oedelemsestraat), "D" Coy 875940 (just North West of "C" Coy). These areas were taken over from the A&SH of Canada who withdrew slightly.
Two counter attacks were made in an effort to cut us off, which were repulsed. The enemy, however, had our positions 'taped' and we took a severe shelling and mortaring. He had at his disposal 20 mm's, mortars, 75 mm's, 88mm's and 105 mm's, the latter of which hit the Command Post several times.
The big question was supplies. As no headway could be made in building the bridge, supplies included food and ammo had to be taken across by boat. This also became a serious problem as all but one of the boats were sunk so that before we could effectively carry on the fight, the boats from 'Rivierbeck' river had to be brought forward over open bullet-swept fields.

Had 3 brothers in the Army. Private George, Private Edward and Pilot Officer Donald (Killed in action). 

Halifax VII NP711 EQ-O took off at 17.40 hrs on February 21, 1945 to carry out bombing operations over Worms, Germany. The aircraft was seen to crash in the middle of a forest on a hill about 1000 ft from the village Leistadt, Germany. 

Crew: 
Flight Lieutenant Donald McWilliam Sanderson J/29724 (Pilot) Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 2-5 (coll).

Flying Officer Reginald Bertram Smith J/38711 (Navigator) Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 2-5 (coll).

Flying Officer William James Gilmore J/37870 (Air Bomber) Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 2-5 (coll).

Pilot Officer William Wallace Wagner J/95503 (Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner) Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 2-5 (coll). 

Pilot Officer Nels Peter Helin Anderson C/95210 (Air Gunner) Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 2-5 (coll).

Pilot Officer Donald Edison Sherman J/95492 (Air Gunner) Royal Canadian Air Force, 408 Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 1.

Sergeant James Wilson 1822188 (Flight Engineer) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 408 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Plot 18, Row G, Grave 2-5 (coll).

Donald Edison Sherman 408 Squadron RCAF
Donald Edison Sherman 408 Squadron RCAF