SMITH, GORDON EDWARD

Birthdate
Birthplace
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age
29
Parents
Son of Lawrence James and Mary Elizabeth Smith of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Truck driver
Service number
B/143671
Engagement
1943-03-05
Disembarked
1944-09-25, France
Date of death
1944-10-25
Died
Killed in action, Netherlands
Force
Rank
Awards
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row E | Grave 5

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"

Military grave
Additional info

1944-02-26
Considered as possible driver. He has had no difficulty with Advanced Training. He has had excellent experience as a driver. Interested in driver's course. Considered a good prospect as a driver. N. Muir, Captain.

1944-07-12
Fully qualified as a Driver Mechanic Group C.
Examination of the foregoing and interview indicate suitability for Overseas in C.I.C. (Canadian Infantry Corps) (Operational) as Driver Mechanic Group C. M.L. Entwistle, Captain.

Qualified Driver Mechanic Group C.

Killed in action during an attack on Grotendam, Netherlands (South of Oostburg, Netherlands).

The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 25, 1944: 1315 “A” Coy started forward with “D” to attack OOSTBURG. One of the Flame throwers with “A” Coy struck a mine and the two men in it were killed (Edward Rothwell and Gordon Edward Smith). A heavy smoke screen was put down to assist the attack on the open road into the town. The houses on the outskirts were soon taken. No 8 platoon made a wild bayonet charge to gain as their objective the first crossroads in town.

Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.
Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.