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, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Disembarked
1944-07-10, France
Date of death
1944-10-25
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
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

Qualified Clerk Group "C" on January 3, 1944.

Overseas on April 6, 1944.

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.

Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.
Military Graves Queen's Own Rifles, Dunnepolder, Zeeland, Netherlands.