WHALEN, WILLIAM JOSEPH LEO

Birthdate
Birthplace
Lucan, Ontario, Canada
Age
24
Parents
Son of Joseph and Anne M. Whalen of London, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
A/63129
Engagement
1941-06-04, London, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1942-09-25, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-09-18, France
Date of death
1944-10-07
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 8 | Row H | Grave 4
Grave Adopted
Unknown

"ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM, O LORD; AND LET THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN SHINE ON HIM"

Military grave
Additional info

Civil life to 4th Canadian Armoured Division, Petrol Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps on June 10, 1941 (Canada).

Qualified butcher Class 3 on May 19, 1942.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment war diary reports on October, 1944:
Cold and clear
0700 hrs: The Regina Rifles advanced was supported by our SA fire whenever possible. The advance was slow and exact positions of the enemy and Regina Rifles were difficult to pinpoint. Fairly heavy shelling and mortaring continued all day so that movement was restricted a great deal.
The enemy was trying in particular to hit the bridge at MR 015010 (Rapenbrugstraat Noord/ Moerhuizestraat, Maldegem, Belgium).
The mortars engaged targets at MR 007018 (Aardenburgekalseide, 300 metres North of the canal) and MR 064025 (Kantijne, border Belgium/Netherlands) successfully.
The extensive use of flares and searchlight by the enemy made it difficult to pinpoint their positions.