STAROSTIC, WILLIAM

Birthdate
Birthplace
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Age
23
Parents
Son of Jacob and Lena Starostic of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Truck driver
Service number
B/42072
Engagement
1942-07-17, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Disembarked
1944-06-06, France D-DAY
Date of death
1944-10-17
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row E | Grave 9

"IT WAS A SAD DAY WHEN YOU BADE US GOOD-BYE THO' AT REST IN ANOTHER PLACE YOUR SMILE WILL FOREVER STAY"

Military grave
Additional info

Overseas on December 30, 1942.

Qualified Driver Mechanic MV Group "C" on July 22, 1943.

Rfn Starostic was killed when the WASP (flame throwing carrier) he was in hit a mine in the attack on IJzendijke, Zeeuws Vlaanderen, Netherlands.

The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 17, 1944:
Outside (South East) IJZENDIJKE  MR 158087 (Nolleweg, Zuiddiepe, Isabellaweg).

Reveille – Cloudy and wet.

0900 The attack on IJZENDIJKE was resumed. “D” Coy was the first into town and Jerry had moved on.

1500 Rest of Bn went in. We were greeted by civilians fresh from their cellars who all wanted to shake our hands, feed us and to see the “Kanadeesh” (Canadees - Dutch word for Canadian) or some such name. However Jerry whistled a few shells in and we had a magical disappearing act. The shelling started large fires in town. 15 Platoon attempted to go through town but were stopped on the outskirts by heavy mortar fire.

Starostic - Queen's Own Rifles - WASP
William (with the white scarf) sitting on a WASP in France. July 29, 1944.
Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.
Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.