Adegem Canadian War Cemetery Belgium

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  1. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    Dear all,

    Since last year I'm working on a project to profile every soldier buried at the Military cemetery of Adegem.
    The collecting about the Canadians, apart from the war diaries, goes well. However from the British and Polish I haven't found any service records nor war diary yet. We are talking mostly about period September till November 1944, but there are also many British casualties from May/ June 1940 buried at this cemetery. As well a great number of Air crew and some Navel crew throughout the war.

    This is what I have so far: Home | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem

    Support with documentary/ photos would be very much appreciated.
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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Wargrave war Memorial,Berkshire

    Service Number 5383165

    Died 17/05/1940

    Aged 26

    4th Bn.
    Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

    Son of Kathline Buckett; husband of Ivy Christine Buckett, of Wargrave, Berkshire.

  3. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    Plot 12, Row C, Grave 3 - Adegem, Belgium.

    I don't have any further details.
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Stoke Poges ,St Giles church,Buckinghamshire.



    Flying Officer (Pilot)HARTLEY, JOHN WILLIAM
    Service Number 152698

    Died 21/09/1944

    Aged 22

    271 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of William and Violet Hartley, of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England.

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Chesham war memorial,Buckinghamshire
    Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) NASH, STANLEY WALTER
    Service Number 1293004

    Died 31/10/1942

    Aged 21

    107 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of William and Annie Nash, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

  6. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    88 Squadron Boston III Z2179 F/O. Collings, RAF Great Massingham, Lt. Paul Galland, 8./JG26, Between Jonkershove and Houthulst, Belgium
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  7. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    To start with, does anyone have war diary from Canadian 3rd inf. div. and 4th armoured div from september till november 1944? That would be great!
  8. graeme

    graeme Senior Member


    Frederick George VINCENT
    Guardsman 2612591
    1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards
    Died Saturday 18 May 1940

    Frederick was born in Walsall to John and Amelia (née Jones) Vincent of 123, Marlow Street, Walsall, his father being an iron caster.

    He was educated at Croft Street School where he was a member of the swimming and football teams and had served for three years in the Army prior to being recalled to service on reserve at the outbreak of war.

    Frederick was married to Annie Elizabeth (known as Nance) Morgan at Walsall in 1937 and lived at 82, Croft Street, Walsall with her and their two children, Valerie of 4 years and Maxwell of 16 months at the time of his death.

    Frederick was killed when he got off a tank to go to the assistance of an officer in another tank ahead of his which had been hit by a bomb from a German aeroplane. As he did so another aircraft released a bomb killing Frederick instantly.

    The War Diary records,

    “16 May 1940 - Louvain.

    5am Intense shelling of King’s Company and Battalion H.Q. Area. King’s Company ? to move Company H.Q. This shelling continued till the late afternoon.

    1150am. Shell blast in the entrance to Battalion H.Q. but very luckily there was only one casualty, wounded.

    7.30pm. Orders were issued for a withdrawal to Berchem St. Agathe, west of Brussels. The battalion withdrew in following order:- H.Q. Company: King’s Company: No. 4 Company: No. 3 Company: No. 2 Company, which could act as ? until the battalion passed through 2nd Battalion ? ? who were holding a line in rear.

    On reaching a rendezvous on the main road Louvain-Cortenberg-Brussels some companies were embussed in motor transport of the brigade and shuttled towards Batavia Inn and Vilvorde. The roads were very congested with Belgian Troops and refugees.

    17 May 1940 - Berchem

    0730am. St. Agathe. The battalion arrived at Berchem-St. Agathe, washed, shaved and had breakfasts.

    1030am. Battalion ? to more motor transport to the line of the River Dendre. There was considerable aerial bombs and machine guns on the route from Brussels to Ninove. One bomb fell on the road in front of Lieutenant Hanbury’s vehicle but luckily failed to explode.

    The Commanding Officer had proceeded the battalion for a reconnaissance and on arrival companies occupied positions in support of ? to the right rear of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards. 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards in reserve with Brigade H.Q. at Denderhautem. King’s Company - right No. 2 Company - centre No. 4 Company - left No. 3 Company - in reserve. Battalion H.Q. was established in a farm house near the Merrbeke. The battalion dug in during the night.

    18 May 1940 - River Dendre.

    Battalion continued to consolidate the position and there was a certain amount of enemy air activity.

    9.30pm. Orders were issued for withdrawal to the line of the River Escault.”

    Frederick was buried in Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Maldegem, Oost-Vlaaderen in Grave VI.AB.9 on Thursday 12 January 1978 from ‘Opbrakel Chyd No. 1’, the cemetery being situated midway between Brugge and Gent. He was 28 years of age.

    Do you have a headstone picture at all, please


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  9. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    Graeme, many thanks for the info. Do you know more about the fallen Grenadier Guards?
    At Adegem are buried:
    - 400518 FALLA, JOHN (3rd Bn.)
    - 400518 VINCENT, FREDERICK GEORGE (1st Bn.)
    - 400520 DEFERM, SAMUEL (2nd Bn.)
    - 400520 REYNOLDS, JOHN JAMES (2nd Bn.)
    - 400520 ROWLEY, ALFRED (2nd Bn.)
    - 400604 SIMPKIN, HORACE EDWARD (don't know the Bn.)

    I'm trying to profile every soldier with a name on his headstone like this:
    BARRETT, JAMES MORGAN | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
    Usually I'm getting this info from service records, but I can't get my hands on the British records. Just didn't found the right source yet.

    And on Facebook I'll post the names on each day there are casualties to report.
    Adegem Canadian War Cemetery

    Attached the headstone. Do you want the other 5 as well?

    Attached Files:

  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    just to be clear the only correct way to get the British service records is this link
    which cost £30 per request.

    Hopefully forum members will add as much info for you as they can
  11. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    Thats gonna be expansive. 253 British x 30 makes 7590 pounds.
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    hello yes I know

    I was just making the point that the service records are not freely available for British forces via the internet.
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  13. vestingjager

    vestingjager Active Member

    Canadian War Diaries are free via heritage Canada, see the resources section: Updated Resource - Heritage Canadiana War Diaries Spreadsheet
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  14. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

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    vestingjager Active Member

  16. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    July 5, 1940: GRAY, WILLIAM (age 30), United Kingdom. Private (4341225), East Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Plot 4, ROW AB, Grave 7. Temporary buried at Klemskerke churchyard, Belgium.

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  17. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    Anyway knows anything about the crash of 99 Squadron RAF or RAFVR on July 31, 1941?
    Crew CWGC ->Results
  18. vestingjager

    vestingjager Active Member

    From 'België in Oorlog 4 - RAF Bommenwerpers boven België 1940-1942' By Cynrik De Decker and Jean-Louis Roba:

    Wellington T2957 LN-A of 99th Squadron left the runway at 0018 for a raid on Köln.
    It exploded over Kemzeke (East Flanders).

    George Bevan and Thomas Hickx: PILOTS
    Bernard Curtiss: OBSERVER
    William Herrod and Wallace Wyatt: RADIO OPERATORS
    Frederick Molteni: TAIL GUNNER

    All buried at Adegem.

    See also: Monument crash Wellington T2957 99 Sqn | Hangar Flying
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  19. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    July 6, 1940: ANSTEY, FREDERICK ROBERT (age 30). United Kingdom. Lance Corporal (5179708), Gloucestershire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Plot 5, Row AB, Grave 8. Temporary buried at Klemskerke churchyard, Belgium.

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  20. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    July 12, 1940: WARES, WILLIAM (age 21). United Kingdom. Gunner (900707), Royal Artillery, 76 Field Regt. Plot 6, Row AB, Grave 1. Temporary grave, Sint Donatuskerk churchyard, Zeebrugge, Belgium.

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