STEEVES, PAUL FORREST

Birthdate
Birthplace
Edgett's Landing, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada
Age
19
Parents
Son of Clyde and Alice Steeves of Edgett's Landing, Albert Co., New Brunswick, Canada
Religion
Baptist
Occupation
Grocery clerk
Service number
G/4935
Engagement
1943-04-07
Disembarked
1944-07-10, 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 2

"THINE IN THE LORD TO REST "FOR SO HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP""

Military grave
Additional info

1944-01-03: Qualified Clerk Group "C".

Killed in action just outside Oostburg, Netherlands. German rifle bullet. Died (almost) instantly after impact. His friend Beardshaw, George Herbert (B/158986) Q.O.R. saw it happen, but had no change to help. George survived the war, but was taken P.O.W. for 28 days in the town of Aalsmeer, Netherlands. A few years after the war he visited Paul's parents until they passed away. 

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.