Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant on August 12, 1943.
Qualified "Distinguished" Chem. Warfare Course No.968 on March 17, 1944.
Overseas on May 26, 1944.
Assigned to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canda on July 26, 1944.
Killed in action during the liberation of Oostburg, Netherlands.
The Queen's Own Rifles war diary reports on October 27, 1944:
OOSTBURG, Netherlands 04021125 (Nieuwstraat, Oostburg)
Reveille – Cloudy and cool with fair wind.
1515 One P.O.W. From 301 FLAK bn, brought in by “D” Coy. He had been left behind to listen fro “PANZERWAGENS” and had been cut off. He produced a mouth organ and gave us an organ recital which was quite good but fate in the shape of Bde PW Cage at last took him from us.
1600 “A” Coy moved ahead.
1800 24 PW’s brought in by “A” Coy and 29 by “B”
2000 O Gp at Bde.
2339 O Gp at BnHQ. Our Arty and Mortars were busy all night.
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