“Your husband's company was putting in an attack against a most difficult position where the enemy was strongly emplaced. John’s platoon had fought its way well toward the objective when they were caught in a heavy burst of machine-gun fire that killed him and several men under his command instantly.”

“He died gallantly for his eountry~——and in the height of an action while leading the platoon that: followed him so confidently.”

“He had been with us for only a comparatively short time but in that time had proved himself an outstandingly able and courageous officer in whom both his superior officers and his men had absolute confidence."

He was married on March 16th, 1940, to Doris Ida Newman, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Newman of Stony Mountain. He is survived by his widow and one son born January 5th, 1944.

Lieut. Esaruk saw his son only once and that a few hours before his departure for overseas.


Joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada on Septem- ber 12th, 1939. He trained in EnglandE and saw action at Dieppe with the Highlanders. He was not wounded in this raid and was returned to Canada for instructional purposes returning to England in time to rejoin his regiment. He fought in France and in Belgium.

He was killed in action .in an engagement in Belgium when his Com- pany made an attack on a German machine gun strong point.

It was recorded that he was killed a very short time before the Jerman post. surrendered.

He is survived by his widow, whom he had married on his return trip to Canada, and one son John.

Soldier, sleep on, the battle is won.


Donald C. McLeod, No. 826571, Fort Garry Horse, was killed on Normandy Beach June 6th, 1944,—-—-D-Day. He was among the first landing troops, and is buried in St. Cyr Cemetery, France,

A soldier fell to move no more.

With his hand, resting on the shore, And his foot upon the moving sea Felt the warmth of Immortality.


Was born at Gladstone, Manitoba, on the 19th day of April, 1923, He enlisted! with the R.C.A.F. in February, 1942, under regimental No. R—157415.

Trained in Brandon, Dauphin, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and Ontario, and also in England. He was attached to No. 434 R.C.A.F. Squadronfl (Halifax Bombers).

He made a great number of raids over Germany and was shot down in the Berlin area on the night of January 28-29, 1944, while in the act of carrying out a raid on Berlin.

He held the rank of Flight-Sergeant.


Was born at Gladstone, Manitoba, on the 6th of April, 1921. He enlisted with the R.C.A.F. in April, 1940. under regimental No. R—56850.


Trained in Toronto, Malton, and Trenton, Ontario, and in Scotland. He was an Observer with the R.C.A.F. in No. 40 Squadron———(Wellington Bombers).

He was shot down over Boulogne, France, on March 12th, 1941. He held the rank of Flight—Sergeant.

DANIEL P. SLATOR “Your Son, my Lord, has paid, a soldier’s debt; He only lio’d but till he was a man; The which no sooner had his prowess confirm’d In the unshrinlcing station where he fought, But like a man he died!” ——Shakespeare in "Macbeth".


In a little town in Germany, ten miles from Osnabreuck and called Bramshee, rests George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove. He was born in Belgium on April 15th, 1917, coming to Canada at an early age. He was educated at Swan Lake, Manitoba, until he came to Stony Mountain with his parents, who were dairy farmers, a mile west of the village.

He enlisted on May lst, 1941, left for England on January lst, 1942. He was shot down over Belgium, on his 30th, and final trip.

His navigator William Williamson, and the bombadier. an English lad, bailed out and after seven days of wandering around were picked up and taken prisoners by the Germans.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was presented to his mother by the Governor—General of Canada at an investiture in Rideau Hall in March, 1946.

Of this award, the Hon. Charles G. Power, wrote Mr, and Mrs. Van— dekerckhove as follows:

“At this time. of great anxiety it is felt that you and the members of your family will wish to know the circumstances surrounding the honour and distinction which have come to your son Pilot Officer George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove, D.F.C., through the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for great gallantry in the performance of his duty while serving with No. 427 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Air Force, prior to having been reported missing.

The citation on which this award was made reads as follows:

“He has successfully completed a number of operational bombing flights during which he displayed courage of the highest order. An exceptionally good captain, he has invariably pressed home his attacks with vigor and his success has been demonstrated by the photographs he has secured. In March, 1943, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed for an attack on Essen. Nearing the target: area the aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but he flew safely back to this country, his rear gunner damaging a Junker 88 on the return flight. On another occasion Pilot Officer Vandekerckhove was testing an aircraft at 10,000 feet: when the dinghy broke loose and severely damaged the tail of the plane. Ordering his crew to leave the aircraft by parachute he regained control, and made a. successful landing in hazardous circum- stances. This officer has always shown excellent judgment and superb airmanship.

The personnel of the Force are proud of your son’s fine Service record."

Pilot Officer Vandekerckhove was of an unassuming nature, but friendly, and this is a clipping of an English paper, written a few days before his death.

“Pilot Officer G. Vandekerckhove., R.A.F., a Canadian, was wearing the ribbons of the Distinguished Flying Cross at; Durham City Ice Rink this week, and was cordially congratulated upon his success.