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.
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!