November 29, 2022. Sometimes uncovering a photo of a soldier leads to a much larger investigation. That’s what happened when Pieter looked into the service file of Charles Marshall CARSON of Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick, one of the names on the photo wish list from the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek, The Netherlands.
…Pieter was astonished to learn that 39 North Novies lost their lives on his 1st birthday….
“…He died on my birthday! I was just one year old!…” Pieter exclaimed. When he learned that Carson died during the Battle of Bienen in Germany on March 25, 1945, he wondered if there were more Canadian soldiers who had lost their lives that day.
Pieter contacted Alice van Bekkum, Chair of the Groesbeek Cemetery Faces To Graves project and asked if there were more casualties. To his surprise, Alice sent a list of 38 more soldiers from the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Regiment. 12 of these soldiers were on the cemetery’s photo wish list.
Over the past months, Pieter managed to find families of 11 of these soldiers, and has already received photos of 10. One family is in the process of preparing a copy of a treasured photo. In March 2023 a special series on several of these soldiers will be featured on this blog, in the lead up to March 25.
…One soldier’s photo still has not been found…
One soldier’s photo is still outstanding – Austin Havelock MUNROE. Austin was born on December 2, 1919 in Little Dover, Nova Scotia, the son of Edward and Minnie Munroe. He was married to Anna Elizabeth Munroe, nee Barry.
In the hope of reaching as many people as possible, Pieter sat down to help feature this photo quest on our YouTube Channel. You can watch Photo Search-WW2 Soldier Austin Havelock Munroe (S3E2) here:
…Pieter’s interview on CTV Atlantic News At 5 was successful….
In addition to the YouTube video, on Monday, November 7, 2022, Pieter was interviewed by Ceilidh Millar of CTV Atlantic News At 5 about the search for 4 soldiers of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Regiment who died during the Battle of Bienen on March 25, 2022.
You can read the article and watch the video. See P.E.I. man identifying Canadian soldiers in the Netherlands | CTV News https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/maritime-man-appealing-to-public-for-help-identifying-lost-canadian-soldiers-1.6143236
Following this interview, family of one soldier immediately came forward with a photo. Families of two other soldiers subsequently got in contact.
Thank you to post-production editor Wendy Nattress, who made this YouTube video a reality. Thank you also to Ceilidh Millar, Jayson Baxter, Maria Panopalis, and CTV Atlantic News At 5 for publicizing the photo search of soldiers killed in Bienen, Germany.
If you have photos or information to share about Austin Havelock Munroe – or any of the soldiers killed during the Battle of Bienen -, please let Pieter know. You can email him at email@example.com, comment on the blog, or send a tweet to @researchmemori1.
….The 38 Other North Novies Buried in Groesbeek….
- Clifford BATEMAN of La Poile, Newfoundland
- Vilhelm Kruuse BOGGILD of Lockeport, Nova Scotia
- John Joseph BOHON (BOHONKO) of Montreal, Quebec
- Ralph Schurman BOULTER of West Point, Prince Edward Island
- Herbert Malcolm BRANNEN of Stony Island, Nova Scotia
- Lawrence William BULGER of Foxley River, Prince Edward Island
- Charles Marshall CARSON of Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick
- Hugh Patterson CHRISTIE of English Town, Nova Scotia
- Walter George COLEBOURNE of Vancouver, British Columbia
- Roy Williams COLLINS of North Sydney, Nova Scotia
- George Mitchell DASH of Sable River West, Nova Scotia
- Harry William DOUCETTE of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
- Charles Benjamin HAGERTY of Port Williams, Nova Scotia
- Marven Glenroy HARVEY of North Noel Road, Nova Scotia
- Granville Murray HEARABOUT of Truro, Nova Scotia
- Gordon HENRY of North Sydney, Nova Scotia
- Harold Charles JAMES of Springhill, Nova Scotia
- Harold Lawrence KEDDY of Port Williams, Nova Scotia
- Kitchener LANGILLE of North Glasgow, Nova Scotia
- Stewart Rindress MACDONALD of Cape Dauphin, Nova Scotia
- Norbert James MACINTYRE of Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia
- Donald John MACKINNON of Sydney, Nova Scotia
- Leo Joseph MACMULLAN of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
- Robert Bruce MACNEILL of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Marvin William MCGREGOR of West Jeddore, Nova Scotia
- Gordon Robert MCLEOD of Toronto, Ontario
- Harland Evender MITCHELL of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia
- Edward John MUNRO of Quebec City, Quebec
- Austin Havelock MUNROE of Little Dover, Nova Scotia
- Laurie Douglas PAGE of Rawdon, Nova Scotia
- Wilfred Joseph POWER of New Westminster, British Columbia
- Wesley Levi ROBINSON of South Maitland, Nova Scotia
- Louis Allan SEXTON of Saint-Jules, Quebec
- Norman Alexander SHAW of Lochside, Nova Scotia
- Edison Alexander SMITH of West Point, Prince Edward Island
- William THOMPSON of Campbelltown, New Brunswick
- Eric Herman THOMSON of Halifax, Nova Scotia
- John Lewis WALLACE of Canning, Nova Scotia
- Theodore George WARNELL of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
NOTE: These are not the only casualties from the Battle of Bienen, only the ones identified as being in the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek, from the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Regiment.
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