Qualified Driver I/C Class 3 (Wheeled) on May 9, 1942.
Overseas on June 16, 1942.
Height 5'7" weight 170 lbs. Employed on farm - home except for 1 year - to enlistment Dec 1941 in Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, came Overseas Jun 1942 as reinforcement. 4 months at RU then to 16 Field Ambulance as reinforcement. Sent to 12 Field Ambulance as Driver I/C when 16 Field Ambulance split up.
Said to be useless as Driver - falls asleep at well - admits he has trouble keeping awake when driving.
Sound, robust type of soldier, sufficient learning ability for regular training in most branches of service. Suggest Royal Canadian Artillery as Gunner - should not drive. March 17, 1944. Major J.R. Wilkinson.
The North Nova Scotia Highlanders war diary reports on October 23, 1944:
Weather - cloudy and cool.
Schelde estuary 095188 (Grote kade/ Oranjeplein, Breskens, Netherlands)
"D" Company attacked again, and again were forced to withdraw. Shelling was very heavy and machine gun fire and mortaring is heavy. It appears that the fort (Frederik Hendrik) is well defended. A bigger attack will have to be planned. Plans were made for a heavy Artillery fire plan and bombers to be put on the fort, so the troops were all withdrawn to the area of Nummer Een, Netherlands 1217 (2e Molenstraat). Lieutenant N.C. Cook was killed today (Shell fire). Jerry certainly has lots of Artillery around. He throws it at us wherever we go, but he is still on the worse and the stick.
Assigned to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders on October 17, 1944.
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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!