June 27, 2019. As blog readers know, Pieter has been researching the names on the Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Legion over the last few years. As well, he’s been asked by the three Canadian War Cemeteries in The Netherlands for help in getting photos and personal information on Island soldiers buried in their cemeteries. This is part of their Faces To Graves project, where they are working towards a digital memorial archive on all Canadian soldiers buried on Dutch soil.
Recently, Dutch researchers have identified more soldiers from PEI. CBC PEI’s Angela Walker interviewed Pieter on a few of these names, and the interview ran on June 21, 2019 during the program Mainstreet PEI. We thank CBC for sending us the audio clip of the interview, and Jane Scott for turning the clip into a web link so that we can post it on this blog. To listen to the interview, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lcLHurGAsgmYpk9pGBZHj-dzX7WOc7I1/view
Here is the complete list given by the three cemeteries:
CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY IN BERGEN OP ZOOM
Bergen Op Zoom, not far from the Belgian border, identified 6 soldiers, all of whom died in 1944:
Hugh Allister MACDONALD, born in Georgetown, son of H. Allister and Elizabeth (Bessie) MacDonald, was with the Royal Canadian Artillery – 02 Anti Tank Unit. He died on October 10, 1944, aged 31.
Lawrence Adolphus SWEENEY, born in Souris, son of Ralph and Celina Sweeney, was with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. He died on October 27, 1944, aged 23.
Milton Evangeline LIVINGSTONE, born in Gladstone, son of Joseph and Agnes Livingstone of Murray River, and husband of Mae Isabel Livingstone, was with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. He died on November 6, 1944, aged 26
Alvah Ray LEARD, born in Alberton, son of Lloyd and Margaret Leard of Northam, was with the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment – 27th Armed Regiment. He died on September 26, 1944, aged 23.
Roy SMITH, born in O’Leary, son of James and Clara Smith, was with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. He died on September 30, 1944, aged 24.
James Walter AULD, born in Glenwood, son of James and Margaret Auld of O’Leary Station, was with the Algonquin Regiment. He died on November 1, 1944, aged 21.
CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY IN GROESBEEK
The cemetery in Groesbeek identified 5 soldiers for whom they are missing photos or other information, and who all died in 1945:
Joseph E. HENNEBERY, born in Morell, was with the Royal Canadian Engineers -33rd Field Company. He died on April 20, 1945, aged 25.
Barney Ruben MCGUIGAN, born in St. Peter’s, son of Thomas and Sadie McGuigan, was with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment. He died on February 26, 1945, aged 17.
Stephen A. MCKINNON, born in St. Peter’s Bay, was with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. He died on March 2, 1945, aged 27.
Ralph K. SILLIKER, born in O’Leary, was with the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor). He died March 2, 1945, aged 27.
William L. WEATHERBIE, born in Charlottetown, was with the Royal Regiment of Canada. He died on March 8, 1945, aged 18.
CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY IN HOLTEN
The Canadian War Cemetery in Holten identified 1 soldier:
Maurice J HUGHES, F/26373 served with Royal Canadian Corps, killed on May 2, 1945 in Leer, Germany. He was 27 years old and came from Charlottetown.
Did you know that most soldiers who died in Germany during WW2 were later reburied in The Netherlands? The only time a soldier wasn’t reburied was if the family specifically requested the body not be disinterred.
All three cemeteries have put in a request for photos, personal stories, letters or postcards, etc. Can you help the Dutch to remember these men buried on their soil? Perhaps you know family or friends of these men? If so, please contact them. Information and photos can be emailed to Pieter at firstname.lastname@example.org who will forward to the appropriate cemetery.
We will be in The Netherlands this fall and Pieter will visit each of these graves and place flags. Pieter notes that “It means so much more when I’m standing at a grave if I know what the soldier looked like and a bit about him.”
© Daria Valkenburg