Liked Basic Training at Simcoe, Ontario. Having no serious difficulty in marching or doubling. Clear conduct sheet. Has driven 3 ton Dodge straight for 7 months for Milton Flour Mills. Has a car of his own. Knowledge of mechanics is very scanty. Is suitable for training as Driver but not likely for upgrading. If Driver's Training is not possible here, he would like to be trained as a motorcyclist. Captain N. Muir.
Routine follow-up at completion of sixth week Advanced Infantry Training. Has some little difficulty with written work. Is a good man as a Rifleman. Fair leadership. Is well liked. Conduct has been good. Has a good attitude. Gets along well in all subjects. Captain N. Muir.
Qualified Driver I.C. Class 3 (Wheeled) on March 31, 1944.
Wounded on August 11, 1944. Shrapnel wounds left thigh.
Disembarked to France for the second time on September 16, 1944.
The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders war diary reports on October 11, 1944: MR170153 (Oostlangeweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands)
0315 hrs: Continual harassing fire. Two enemy gunboats have slipped out of hiding and engaged us for some time. The enemy is laying smoke across "A" Coy front. Defense tasks are called for.
0400 hrs: Gunboats have disappeared.
0715 hrs: The morning is cloudy with a low mist.
1100 hrs: The weather has cleared. our aircraft has intercepted the enemy boats which we reported earlier in the morning as trying to escape. There were 3 boats which we observed, and they were loaded with troops. Typhoons are occupied at present engaging targets in the area.
1125 hrs: "o" Group: 7 Canadian Infantry Brigade is standing fast. Division's intention is now to make this the focal point and Brigade has under command the 7 RECCE (17th Duke's of York Royal Canadian Hussars) and the North Shore New Brunswick Regiment (NSR). The position of the 10th Brigade remains unchanged. The Highland Light Infantry of Canada (HLIofC) target is Biervliet, Netherlands, the 7 RECCE is to clear a land route into the pocket. The North Nova Scotia Highlanders (NNSH) who at present are located in woods 173133 (Helenahoeve, Biervliet) are to move west and take over Driewegen, Netherlands, with their "B" Coy taking out area 161145 (cross road Wilhelminadijk / Zuidlangeweg, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands).
1250 hrs: The unit is to be joined shortly 30 OR's (LOB), 1 blitz, 1 mortar carrier, the Scout Officier, snipers... and, of no small importance, the mail. The snipers will be welcomed by "C" Coy who have enemy snipers in their area.
1330 hrs: The HLI of C are doing very well, except that they are a little behind time. They report that prisoners are coming back. The Brigadier comments: "I don't wonder... all that bloody racket you're making!".
1402 hrs: The Brigadier urges the HLI of C to keep pushing. The opposition is stiff at Biervliet. "D" Coy (SDG) report that they have only 7 OR's (other ranks) remaining who landed with the unit on D-DAY (June 6, 1944). Many of the originals are however returning among reinforcements having recovered from their wounds (in the UK).
1450 hrs: The heavies are over Flushing, Netherlands (other side of the Westerschelde water). "A" Coy reports that the bombing was effective on the heavy guns.
1600 hrs: Enemy mortar is reported at 153160 (Westlangeweg, Hoofdplaat about 350 meters east of Hogeweg, Hoofdplaat) and an Anti Tank gun at 150162 (crossing Hogeweg / Inlaag, Hoofdplaat). The artillery is called down upon these sites.
1620 hrs: "A" Coy reports their being attacked by Spitfires (Allied fighter planes). The "D" Coy attack on x-roads 161145 (Wilhelminadijk / Zuidlangeweg, Hoofdplaat) has been called off. At the moment things would seem to be slightly 'balled up'.
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!