Adegem Canadian War Cemetery Belgium

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  1. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    January 4, 1945:
    COUGHLAN, WALTER FRANCIS (age 35). Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada. Private (A/37840). Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C. Reported wounded on 27 November 1944. Sustained bomb fragment (left hand). Died as result of natural causes. Cerebral thrombosis. Plot 10, Row G, Grave 1.
    Full profile: COUGHLAN, WALTER FRANCIS | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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  2. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    JANUARY 6, 1945: BATTERSBY, FRANCIS (age 33). St. Helens, Lancashire, England. Corporal (1277445). Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, squadron unknown. Awarded the BEM, British Empire Medal. So far no details about his death. (Maybe brought down during a raid on Hannover, Germany?) Plot 12, Row D, Grave 4.
    Info BEM:
    In October, 1944, Corporal Battersby and six other airmen commenced work at a town in Belgium on the clearance of hotels and houses required for occupation by the Royal Air Force. They were engaged in buildings comprising about 1,000-rooms and the enemy had drawn the window shutters and removed the electric lighting system. The party worked with hand torches. On the following day 3 of the party were badly injured and a fourth member received severe shock from the explosion of a charge which was detonated by the fouling of a concealed trip wire. Corporal Battersby took charge of the remaining members of the party, until the arrival of his Flight Commander, and continued the work until 1400 hours on the seventh day when the hotels were finally cleared. During this period So enemy mines and prepared charges, ingeniously hidden and laid to be functioned by one or more trip wires, were recovered, neutralised and disposed of. On a previous occasion Corporal Battersby was required to continue this form of work after casualties had occurred among his party. He has displayed high courage and leadership.
    (London Gazette - 23 March 1945)
    source: rafweb.org

    *Additional information/ service records requested!*

    Full profile: BATTERSBY, FRANCIS (B.E.M.) | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem

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  3. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    JANUARY 13, 1945:
    DONOGHUE, JAMES EDWARD (age 24). Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Flight Lieutenant (Navigator) (J/20234). Royal Canadian Air Force, 409 Sqdn. Plot 11, Row G, Grave 11.
    Full profile: DONOGHUE, JAMES EDWARD | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    MCPHAIL, WILLIAM HECTOR (age 25). Munro, Ontario, Canada. Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) (J/21326). Royal Canadian Air Force, 409 Sqdn. Plot 11, Row G, Grave 9.
    Full profile: MCPHAIL, WILLIAM HECTOR | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    Mosquito HK481: Moments before the fatal impact the pilot evidently thought he was on the runway and did a normal wheel landing, started to nose over in deep snow and in attempting to correct this, over controlled and aircraft evidently stalled in from 50-100 ft.
    Deep snow off the edge of runway and engine trouble contributed greatly as did poor visibility.
     
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  4. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    JANUARY 15, 1945: COCHRANE, JAMES (age 35). Dundee, Scotland. Private (C/20655). Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.), R.C.I.C. Landed on D-Day! Died, natural causes. Plot 10, Row E, Grave 12.
    Full profile: COCHRANE, JAMES | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    JANUARY 16, 1945:
    MEHAN, FLOYD DAVID (age 23). Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Private (K/57604). Canadian Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C., 1st Battalion. Landed on D-Day! Accidental drowning in canal. Plot 10, Row F, Grave 4.
    Full profile: MEHAN, FLOYD DAVID | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    EVANS, EVAN GLYNDWR (age 28). United Kingdom. Corporal (929413). Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Mentioned in Despatches. I'm guessing Evans was shot down above Belgium on the return flight from an air operation above Magdeburg, Germany. Can someone confirm and tell which aircraft? Plot 12, Row E, Grave 3.
    Full profile: EVANS, EVAN GLYNDWR | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem

    *Additional information/ service records requested!*
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    Commonwealth War Graves Commission will replace the headstone of Gunner Lionel Theriault, 17 Field Regiment, RCA. Going through his service records I found out that he died from an accident on February 27, 1945 and his body was found +/- 0200 hrs on February 28, 1945.
    Read more: https://commonwealth-adegem.com/headstone-gunner-l-theriault
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  6. mvdv84

    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission will replace the headstone of J.H. Vincent because of an incorrect regiment. According to his service records this soldier was on active service with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps at the time of his death.
    https://commonwealth-adegem.com/headstone-private-jh-vincent
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    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    FEBRUARY 14, 1945:
    DICK, BENSON GORDON (age 25). Canada. Able Seaman (V/17800). Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.M.T.B. 485. Accident occurred in the harbor of Ostend, Belgium. Plot 1, Row D, Grave 4.
    DICK, BENSON GORDON | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    GAUTHIER, JOSEPH ANDREW RICHARD (age 20). Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Able Seaman (V/43226). Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.M.T.B. 459. Accident occurred in the harbor of Ostend, Belgium. Plot 1, Row D, Grave 5.
    GAUTHIER, JOSEPH ANDREW RICHARD | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    PURDY, GORDON FRANCIS (age 27). St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Stoker 1st Class (V/52969). Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.M.T.B. 462. Accident occurred in the harbor of Ostend, Belgium. Plot 1, Row D, Grave 5.
    PURDY, GORDON FRANCIS | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem
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    mvdv84 Well-Known Member

    FEBRUARY 15, 1941:
    STEWART, DONALD GEORGE ALEXANDER (age 27). Kensington, London, United Kingdom. Flying Officer (Pilot) (41624). Royal Air Force, 615 Sqdn. On 15th February 1941 the squadron flew a sweep to Holland. Stewart was shot down in Hurricane I P3231 into the sea off Flushing and was reported 'Missing'.
    In April 1941 a body was recovered from the sea and was buried in Zeebrugge, Belgium as 'an unknown flyer'. After the war this was found to be Stewart, identified by a Tailor's tab from his tunic. Plot 3, Row AB, Grave 7.
    Full profile: STEWART, DONALD GEORGE ALEXANDER | Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem

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  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    I don't think he was aboard an aircraft. 450116 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-01-1945

    No. 6206 Bomb Disposal Flight (based at Gatwick): 5133 (Bomb Disposal) Squadron, Waterbeach (UK); includes 6216 and 6217 BD Flights,... | The National Archives
     

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