Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada on July 17, 1944.
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:
STEENHOVEN 076113 (Steenhovensedijk, Netherlands)
Reveille – Cloudy and cool
0600 “C” Coy moved forward and relieved one coy of R de Chaud.
1315 “A” Coy started forward with “D” to attack Oostburg, Netherlands. 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.
1900 Tactical BHQ set up in dugout at 04151070 (Bakkersstraat, Oostburg). With relatively slight opposition the rest of the coys all got on their objectives in town. There was some heavy mortaring and few shells came from Vlissingen, Netherlands. Our casualties were fairly heavy. R.A.P. Moved from IJzendijke, Netherlands to Waterlandkerkje, Netherlands.
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!