STARKO, NICHOLAS MIKE

Birthdate
Birthplace
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Age
24
Parents
Son of Dan and Nellie Starko of Fallis, Alberta, Canada
Religion
Agnostic
Occupation
Checker
Service number
K/1685
Engagement
1943-12-22
Disembarked
1944-09-01, France
Date of death
1944-09-22
Died
Killed in action, Belgium
Force
Rank
Awards
Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 3 | Row D | Grave 6
Military grave
Additional info

1944-03-07
A very friendly, agreeable soldier who has developed a very good attitude towards the service. He states he is supposed to wear glasses, but so far has not received them, and his eyes cause him some trouble. Training Officer reports him as being a very hard worker who has done well in his training and takes a real interest in his work. Is quite interested in mechanical work but has had little training in this line. However has a good "M" rating and education, and would likely be found trainable if needed. J.J. Carpenter, Lieutenant.

1944-04-10
Re-interviewed at the close of 4th week of Corps training. Soldier volunteered for 6 pounder course. He appears alert, smart and O.C. of D Coy considers his training progress satisfactory. A.E. recommends 6 pounder course. W.P. Wagner, Captain.

1944-07-20
Completed a course a 6 pounder at A16, w.e.f. 17 June, 1944. Examination of the foregoing and interview indicate suitability for Oversea's in Canadian Infantry Corps (Operational) as 6 pounder. Training Officer states that soldier made average progress in his training. W.P. Wagner, Captain.

The Algonquin war diary reports on September 23, 1944: "D" Coy held their postion until 1st light and by then they were back on their original positions still fighting to gain the objective. Again attempts were made to contact the forward platoon without success and it is assumed that due to lack of activity and fire on the enemy side, the platoon was taken prisoner. They held the position for the rest of the day and by 2015 hrs "B" Coy cam in to relieve the position. "D" Coy came back to a rest area and prepared for counter attack role at Posthoorn square 2204 B and NE France sheet 2, settled in and patrols were carried out during the night under cover of darkness. During the past action Pte Starko was killed when an enemy shell made a direct hit on his slit trench, 3 were wounded and 30 missing. Capt Robertson took over the Coy today owing to Cap Mayer being a casualty. The Coy was aided in the battle by 8 partisans, one of whom was wounded.

STARKO, NICHOLAS MIKE AND HIS SON DOUGLAS NICK

Ph. Nicholas and his son Douglas Nick.