Well up in the above average intelligence group. Tall (6'2") and well built (weighs 170 lbs.) Excellent stature and confident, respectful soldiery bearing. Somewhat fresh appearance and perhaps slightly immature, although he should develop satisfactorily, as his military experience grows. Good Army background, with father (former R.S.M) now a Major with Veterans Guard, and older brother (Edwin) a subaltern Overseas.
Overseas on September 14, 1943.
Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada on January 13, 1944.
To be Corporal on September 16, 1944.
Killed in action during the liberation of Oostburg, Netherlands.
The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 27, 1944:
OOSTBURG, Netherlands 04021125 (Nieuwstraat, Oostburg)
Reveille – Cloudy and cool with fair wind.
1515 One P.O.W. From 301 FLAK bn, brought in by “D” Coy. He had been left behind to listen fro “PANZERWAGENS” and had been cut off. He produced a mouth organ and gave us an organ recital which was quite good but fate in the shape of Bde PW Cage at last took him from us.
1600 “A” Coy moved ahead.
1800 24 PW’s brought in by “A” Coy and 29 by “B”
2000 O Gp at Bde.
2339 O Gp at BnHQ. Our Arty and Mortars were busy all night.
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