Average ability. Good education. Commercial course. Was employed as Clerk but wanted outside work - now Driver. Would like to learn M.C. (Motorcycle).
Qualified as Driver I/C Class 3 on November 27, 1941.
SOS 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade Company R.C.A.S.C. on being posted to HQ R.C.A.S.C. 4th Canadian Armoured Division on February 28, 1942.
Qualified Motorcyclist Class 3 on July 22, 1942.
Overseas on August 21, 1942.
Died in motorcycle (M/C C4867350, Norton Solo) accident at Zedelgem in Belgium on 1915 hrs when he ran into the rear of a wagon.
Dr. A. Hoet, Zedelgem, Belgium, having been duly sworn, states:
At about 1945 hrs, 30 Sep 44, I was proceeding from Aartrijke to Zedelgem, I came across some people who told me a Canadian Soldier had been injured nearby, and that the soldier was in their house. I examined the body, and found the soldier to be dead. The soldier had a broken neck and left leg broken at the knee.
Madame Madeleine Buffel, Faliestraat, Zedelgem, Belgium, having been duly sworn states:
On Saturday evening 30 Sep 44 at about 1915 hrs, I was coming from Zedelgem to Aartrijke. I noticed a horse drawn wagon moving in the direction of Zedelgem on the right side of the road, there was no light at the tail of the wagon. The motorcycle was travelling in the same direction coming up the road behind the wagon, and travelling at a fair rate of speed, I cannot say exactly how fast. The motorcycle head lamp was on. It appeared that the motorcyclist did no see the wagon until he was right behind it; the motorcyclist shut off the gas, attempted to swing left to pass the wagon, and fell of the machine onto the ground. I did not wait at the scene of the accident but went immediately to my home nearby as I could see that the motorcyclist was being taken care of by the driver of the wagon and some other people in the vicinity.
Mr. Camiel Vandekerckhove, having been duly sworn states:
On Saturday evening 30 Sep 44, at about 1900 hrs, I was on my way from Aartrijke to Zedelgem driving a wagon. I was transporting five cows. It was starting to get dark. I had a lantern hanging from the back of the wagon ready to light when it got dark, but i had not yet lighted it. I was going to light the lantern at the next farm. I was travelling on the right side of the road. I was sitting at the front of my wagon and suddenly I felt a hard bump, which caused me to fall on the road, causing bruises to my right leg. I saw a soldier lying on the ground at the rear of the wagon and his motorcycle there also. The soldier was moving slightly, but apparently was badly injured. Three people from a nearby house came out and carried the soldier into their home. Doctor A. Hoet then came by and he was called into the house to examine the soldier. I did no hear the motorcycle approaching prior to the accident. I do not intend to make a claim against the Canadian Government for damages resulting from this accident.
Estimate of damages to Norton MC Solo Lt C4867350
Headlamp, handlebars ect. damaged
Dynamo and battery broken
Petrol tank damaged
Parts: 12-0-0 British Pounds
Labour: 16 hours @ 3 Shillings 2-8-0 British Pounds
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!