Information Centre Canadian War Cemetery (ICB) in Holten, Netherlands honours World War II soldiers.


Information  Centre Canadian War Cemetery (ICB) in Holten, Netherlands honours World War II soldiers.

Holten Canadian War Memorial photo Gertjan Schutten 


Read More: Dutch liberation anniversary to be marked with new documentary
Globe and Mail May 3 2019

Read More:Dutch man hopes to find information on 60 Sask. soldiers buried in military cemetery: About 60 of 1,355 Canadians buried at Holten Canadian War Cemetery are from Saskatchewan  CBC Saskatchewan News.

Read More: Are you a relative or do you have information on Saskatchewan Soldiers who fell and are buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands?  Moose Jaw Today


Read More   Swift Current Online

The Information  Centre Canadian War Cemetery (ICB) in Holten, Netherlands is planning to interview relatives (siblings, spouses, children, other relatives, friends) of deceased soldiers who are buried in Holten. We plan to visit the interviewees at their homes in Canada Autumn 2019. How to get in touch with the ICB interview project

Our intention is to get more Information about the soldiers who are buried in Holten, as well as get an impression of what the loss of a brother, father, son, friend meant for those who left behind. We would like to have your cooperation in finding people, and maybe you yourself might be a good informant to interview.

 Please share your thoughts and possible candidates.  If you, yourself personally, are not aware of contact information for any of these soldiers, can you kindly or send a communication in this regards to  social media such as a facebook page, the historical society or museum, a library or archives, the military detachment, the local Royal Canadian Legion branch, and  or the local media for your area, please?

Where did they live? https://nl.batchgeo.com/map/whereditheylive

Places of birth or places of residence of soldiers buried at Canadian War Cemetery Holten, Netherlands

Thanks for your help, Jan Braakman jan.braakman AT gmail.com 

Volunteer/researcher at ICB  [Jan Braakman's website and contact form]


Its coming up to the 75 Liberation Anniversary remembering May 5, 1945, which is celebrated in the Netherlands.  The Canadians fought the Germans who had occupied the Netherlands for five years, and following a nine-month campaign with many lives lost on the battlefield, the Germans capitulated.

Holten Canadian War Cemetery aerial photo Archangel12 

 The darkness of those years is related by Brian Stewart, CBC News, "Under German occupation from 1940 to '45, the Dutch suffered more deaths per capita than any other Western European ally. The vast majority of its Jews, 106,000, were deported and murdered; thousands of other Dutch were dragged into slave labour, while all suffered as Nazis looted the land and even blew the dikes in the terrible winter of 1944-45 to try and block the Allied advance. The ensuing flooding contributed to a famine that killed 18,000.... After forcing the German surrender, Canadian soldiers joined in the celebrations, then quietly began delivering food and volunteered to work restoring the devastated farms and towns."   

As David Common, CBC News, states, "Around 14,000 Canadians came ashore at Normandy in 1944 ” those who survived those battles and the many decades since are few in number." "The 'Canadian War Cemetery Holten' on the Holterberg is one of the most impressive reminders of the Second World War. In the spring of 1945, after five years of oppression, Canadian troops were principally responsible for the liberation of northern and eastern Netherlands. During the liberation operations, many Canadian liberators paid the ultimate price. In an historic setting, 1,394 military have found their final resting place at the Canadian Military Cemetery," states Liberation Route Europe.   

There are three Netherlands Canadian war cemeteries.  Along with the Holten, Groesbeek Canadian Military Cemetery, and Bergen-Op-Zoom, and the ICB is the Information Centre for the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, Netherlands.

Can you help the volunteers at the Information Centre Canadian War Cemetery (ICB) in Holten, Netherlands commemorate and honour the fallen soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice, and are buried at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery?  

For Saskatchewan, there were about 75 fallen soldiers,  here are the names of those who fell and are buried at the Canadian War Cemetery (ICB) in Holten, Netherlands. 

 This list of soldiers with Saskatchewan roots is from an excellent interactive map from ICB Where did they live? https://nl.batchgeo.com/map/whereditheylive.  Where did they live also has information on the other Canadian soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice as well.

    Surname    
    Given name    
    Rank    
    Registration Number    
    Regiment    
    Date of death    
    Plotnumber    
    address    
    longitude    
    latitude    
    Allen    
    Kenneth G.    
    Pte    
    L/64643    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    03-5-45    
    06 E 15    
    Indian Head Saskatchewan    
    -103.6699014    
    50.5333571    
    Bailey    
    John    
    Cpl    
    K/50018    
    The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada    
    12-4-45    
    01 D 03    
    Regina Saskatchewan    
    -104.6188944    
    50.4452112    
    Batyski    
    John J.    
    Pte    
    L/106585    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    28-4-45    
    05 E 15    
    Ituna Saskatchewan    
    -103.495758    
    51.17057    
    Bells    
    Robert W.    
    Lt    
        
    The South Saskatchewan Regiment    
    11-4-45    
    03 B 14    
    Quill Lake Saskatchewan    
    -104.256388    
    52.0698056    
    Belton    
    Francis E.    
    Cpl    
    L/64364    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    09-4-45    
    02 B 12    
    Star City Saskatchewan    
    -104.3298037    
    52.8636173    
    Binkley    
    Robert E.    
    Pte    
    L/608756    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    28-4-45    
    06 E 05    
    Etomami Saskatchewan    
    -102.3175    
    52.732894    
    Birkett    
    Thomas P.    
    Trp    
    L/102635    
    The British Columbia Regt    
    25-4-45    
    08 B 10    
    Blaine Lake Saskatchewan    
    -106.8801788    
    52.8297257    
    Bisschop    
    Joseph C.    
    Rfn    
    L/106420    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    12-5-45    
    08 E 08    
    Sheho Saskatchewan    
    -103.2111635    
    51.5879975    
    Boucher    
    Arthur A.    
    Pte    
    B/139519    
    The Lincoln and Welland Regiment    
    21-4-45    
    10 A 02    
    Biggar Saskatchewan    
    -107.983556    
    52.057145    
    Bouvier    
    Maurice A.    
    Gdsmn    
    L/107130    
    The Canadian Grenadier Guards    
    15-4-45    
    08 F 04    
    Gravelbourg Saskatchewan    
    -106.5573172    
    49.8756758    
    Brown    
    James A.    
    Pte    
    A/115699    
    The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada    
    17-4-45    
    11 A 15    
    Moose Jaw Saskatchewan    
    -105.5348562    
    50.3915811    
    Chudyk    
    Steve    
    Rfn    
    L/153547    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    25-4-45    
    11 G 11    
    Oakshela Saskatchewan    
    -102.7597229    
    50.396869    
    Couture    
    Gaston J.    
    Pte    
    H/14575    
    The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada    
    27-4-45    
    10 B 15    
    Meyronne Saskatchewan    
    -106.8397421    
    49.6691108    
    Craig    
    Lyle L.    
    Tpr    
    L/107016    
    The South Alberta Regt    
    19-4-45    
    12 C 05    
    Paddockwood Saskatchewan    
    -105.5618136    
    53.5078919    
    Craik    
    Robert J.    
    Pte    
    K/3266    
    The Canadian Scottish Regt    
    09-4-45    
    01 A 16    
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan    
    -106.6700458    
    52.1332144    
    Dautremont    
    Louis S.    
    Pte    
    L/65148    
    The Canadian Scottish Regt    
    21-4-45    
    06 D 06    
    Alida Saskatchewan    
    -101.872511    
    49.3886408    
    Davies    
    Leonard G.    
    Cpl    
    L/53545    
    14th Canadian Hussars    
    09-4-45    
    03 D 11    
    Bredenbury Saskatchewan    
    -102.0525648    
    50.9380585    
    Ell    
    Canisius J.    
    Rfn    
    L/107958    
    The Royal Winnipeg Rifles    
    10-4-45    
    02 A 15    
    Sedley Saskatchewan    
    -104.0133311    
    50.1700381    
    Ellis    
    Stanley    
    Pte    
    L/22851    
    The Algonquin Regt    
    27-4-45    
    11 A 10    
    Regina Saskatchewan    
    -104.6188944    
    50.4452112    
    Flatt    
    John M.    
    Rfn    
    L/610682    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    30-4-45    
    12 A 16    
    Fenwood Saskatchewan    
    -103.050702    
    51.0116847    
    Forde    
    H.R.    
    Cpl    
    L/53890    
    Lord Strathcona's Horse    
    15-4-45    
    02 B 06    
    Swift Current Saskatchewan    
    -107.7971722    
    50.285069    
    Glavin    
    John A.    
    L Sgt    
    L/102546    
    The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada    
    20-4-45    
    08 C 06    
    Lakenheath Saskatchewan    
    -106.275148    
    49.546852    
    Graham    
    John J.    
    Pte    
    L/107406    
    Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry    
    15-7-45    
    10 F 11    
    Leroy Saskatchewan    
    -104.7385969    
    52.0002117    
    Guest    
    Robert C. L.    
    Cpl    
    L/51501    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    25-4-45    
    11 G 13    
    Swift Current Saskatchewan    
    -107.7971722    
    50.285069    
    Hilbach    
    Herbert H.H.    
    Rfn    
    L/65122    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    22-4-45    
    06 D 05    
    Kerrobert Saskatchewan    
    -109.136794    
    51.9185447    
    Huber    
    Walter L.    
    Tpr    
    L/84635    
    17th Duke of York's Royal Can Hussars    
    12-5-45    
    07 F 03    
    Serath Saskatchewan    
    -104.519458    
    51.183043    
    Hughes    
    Albert    
    Pte    
    L/108212    
    The Essex Scottish Regiment    
    13-4-45    
    01 E 15    
    Tompkins Saskatchewan    
    -108.7933104    
    50.0623636    
    Johannsen    
    Quintin M.    
    Pte    
    L/610743    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    30-4-45    
    05 E 14    
    Serath Saskatchewan    
    -104.519458    
    51.183043    
    Kalln    
    Roy L.    
    Pte    
    L/108540    
    The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada    
    17-4-45    
    10 A 03    
    Regina Saskatchewan    
    -104.6188944    
    50.4452112    
    Kibzey    
    John    
    Pte    
    L/107668    
    The South Saskatchewan Regiment    
    12-4-45    
    09 H 13    
    Bienfait Saskatchewan    
    -102.8086736    
    49.1426788    
    Knight    
    Cecil D.    
    Gdsm    
    L/101345    
    The Canadian Grenadier Guards    
    26-4-45    
    07 C 10    
    Aulesbury Saskatchewan    
    -105.6935861    
    50.9396455    
    Knutson    
    Palmer    
    Pte    
    M/36689    
    RCASC    
    17-8-45    
    11 F 01    
    Naicam Saskatchewan    
    -104.49847    
    52.4201117    
    Krauchi    
    George E.    
    Gdsm    
    L/107193    
    The Canadian Grenadier Guards    
    10-4-45    
    03 D 01    
    Loon Lake Saskatchewan    
    -109.1585151    
    54.0261584    
    Lemke    
    Frits M.    
    Pte    
    L/102756    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    10-4-45    
    03 D 02    
    Bruno Saskatchewan    
    -105.5253008    
    52.2639843    
    Linnell    
    Howard J.    
    Pte    
    K/40129    
    The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada    
    06-4-45    
    01 A 13    
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan    
    -106.6700458    
    52.1332144    
    Markoskie    
    L.    
    Gnr    
    H/616901    
    Royal Canadian Artillery    
    10-1-46    
    08 A 08    
    Hyas Saskatchewan    
    -102.2598355    
    51.8940795    
    Martel    
    Wilfred A.    
    Cpl    
    H/93520    
    Royal Canadian Engineers    
    29-4-45    
    09 H 08    
    Fillmore Saskatchewan    
    -103.4336262    
    49.8812612    
    Mathison    
    Roy C.    
    Lt    
        
    14th Canadian Hussars    
    04-5-45    
    12 B 07    
    Bounty Saskatchewan    
    -107.363046    
    51.523689    
    McCombie    
    Jon S.    
    L Sgt    
    L/13349    
    The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry    
    09-4-45    
    03 D 07    
    Runciman Saskatchewan    
    -104.059842    
    52.987349    
    Nelson    
    Jack A.    
    CSM    
    L/27110    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    08-4-45    
    02 A 01    
    Prince Albert Saskatchewan    
    -105.7530705    
    53.2033494    
    Norwood    
    Harold F.    
    Pte    
    L/105767    
    The Toronto Scottish Regiment    
    16-4-45    
    03 H 03    
    North Regina Saskatchewan    
    -104.6188944    
    50.4452112    
    Olson    
    Carl G.    
    Gnr    
    L/74647    
    Royal Canadian Artillery    
    29-4-45    
    10 A 16    
    Amiens Saskatchewan    
    -107.244876    
    53.322367    
    Olson    
    Ole L.    
    Spr    
    L/19754    
    Royal Canadian Engineers    
    26-4-45    
    11 C 07    
    Invermany Saskatchewan    
    -103.1552106    
    51.8069735    
    Peirson    
    Robert S.    
    Crftsm    
    L/9907    
    RCEME    
    03-4-45    
    11 C 12    
    Invermay Saskatchewan    
    -103.1552106    
    51.8069735    
    Perron    
    Gaetan M.    
    Pte    
    L/107059    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    10-4-45    
    09 C 08    
    Montmatre Saskatchewan    
    -103.4483066    
    50.2193608    
    Preston    
    David P.    
    Sgt    
    L/27591    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    30-4-45    
    08 E 09    
    Maple Creek Saskatchewan    
    -109.480174    
    49.906595    
    Ray    
    Clarence D.    
    Lt    
        
    The Saskatoon Light Infantry    
    20-4-45    
    02 F 10    
    Prince Albert Saskatchewan    
    -105.7530705    
    53.2033494    
    Robinson    
    Wesley C.    
    Sgt    
    L/51222    
    14th Canadian Hussars    
    25-4-45    
    04 H 05    
    Weyburn Saskatchewan    
    -103.8532906    
    49.6632836    
    Sawatzky    
    John    
    Cpl    
    B/116108    
    The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders    
    28-4-45    
    11 D 14    
    Petaigan Saskatchewan    
    -103.566667    
    53.433333    
    Selmes    
    Albert J.    
    Pte    
    L/107120    
    The South Saskatchewan Regiment    
    24-6-45    
    12 A 03    
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan    
    -106.6700458    
    52.1332144    
    Shea    
    Walter A.    
    Sgt    
    L/101486    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    09-4-45    
    09 C 07    
    Moose Jaw Saskatchewan    
    -105.5348562    
    50.3915811    
    Shier    
    Russell R. M.    
    Tpr    
    L/101563    
    The British Columbia Regt    
    02-5-45    
    11 A 14    
    Weldon Saskatchewan    
    -105.1436904    
    53.0081548    
    Smith    
    David J.    
    Pte    
    L/11271    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    04-5-45    
    12 A 09    
    Deer Ridge Saskatchewan    
    -106.1022909    
    53.452551    
    Steele    
    George W.    
    Gnr    
    L/26515    
    Royal Canadian Artillery    
    10-5-45    
    07 F 07    
    Whitewood Saskatchewan    
    -102.2666277    
    50.329875    
    Temple    
    Leslie P.C.    
    Gnr    
    L/18488    
    Royal Canadian Artillery    
    13-4-45    
    11 F 16    
    Regina Saskatchewan    
    -104.6188944    
    50.4452112    
    Tenklei    
    Edward S.    
    CSM    
    L/27835    
    The Regina Rifle Regiment    
    05-4-45    
    01 G 04    
    Regina Saskatchewan    
    -104.6188944    
    50.4452112    
    Tyerman    
    Norman R.    
    Cpl    
    L/102506    
    The Lake Superior Regiment    
    11-2-45    
    12 H 07    
    Valparaiso Saskatchewan    
    -104.181495    
    52.849886    
    Walker    
    Ralph    
    Spr    
    M/54275    
    Royal Canadian Engineers    
    02-5-45    
    05 D 08    
    Meadow Lake Saskatchewan    
    -108.4280261    
    54.1316746    
    Wiegand    
    Gottlieb    
    Pte    
    L/107268    
    The Toronto Scottish Regiment    
    22-4-45    
    11 H 15    
    Young Saskatchewan    
    -105.7471872    
    51.7671337    
    Wilson    
    George S.    
    Rfn    
    L/108421    
    The Royal Winnipeg Rifles    
    10-4-45    
    02 A 09    
    Yorkton Saskatchewan    
    -102.4739331    
    51.2174482    


If you are wondering about more family relations to these fallen soldiers do a search on Commonwealth War Graves Commission which may provide the names of parents.  For example:

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2227476/knutson,-palmer-c./ 

Son of Edna Knutson, of Naicam, Saskatchewan.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2227475/knight,-cecil-david/

Son of Ebenezer Buchanan Knight and Margaret Ann Knight, of Aylesbury, Saskatchewan.

Le centre d’information du cimetière de guerre canadien (ICB) à Holten, aux Pays-Bas, envisage d’interviewer des proches (frères et sœurs, conjoints, enfants, autres membres de la famille, amis) de soldats décédés et enterrés à Holten. Nous prévoyons rendre visite aux personnes interrogées chez elles au Canada.

Notre intention est d’obtenir davantage d’informations sur les soldats qui sont enterrés à Holten et d’avoir une idée de ce que la perte d’un frère, d’un père, d’un fils et d’un ami signifiait pour ceux qui sont partis.

Nous aimerions avoir votre coopération pour trouver des personnes, et peut-être que vous pourriez être vous-même un bon informateur à interviewer.

S'il vous plaît partager vos pensées et les candidats possibles.

Merci de votre aide,

Jan Braakman

Bénévole / chercheur à l'ICB
Bibliography:

Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2061700/Bergen-op-Zoom%20Canadian%20War%20Cemetery CWGC. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/second-world-war/the-netherlands/bergen Veterans' Affairs Canada.

Canadian Infantry of the Regiment de Maisonneuve, moving through Holten to Rijssen, Netherlands. Lt. D. Guravitch, April 9, 1945. 306-NT-1334B-11. National Archives Identifier: 541912 https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos
National Library and Archives. Military Records. World War II Records. Photos.

Canadese begraafplaats holten. Lest we forget. opdat wij niet vergeten. https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.canadesebegraafplaatsholten.nl/&prev=search

Canadian War Cemetery Holten. Liberation Route Europe. https://liberationroute.com/the-netherlands/spots/c/canadian-war-cemetery-holten The Netherlands.

*** Canadians and the Liberation of the Netherlands April - May 1945.*** http://dutch-canadiansremember.ca/sites/default/files/2017-11/Holten%20Candles.pdf The Canadian Battlefields Foundation.


Common, David.  VE-Day: Canadian WWII vets feted in Netherlands on liberation anniversary https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ve-day-canadian-wwii-vets-feted-in-netherlands-on-liberation-anniversary-1.3060700May 5, 2015 CBC News

Deachman, Bruce. 'Too dearly loved to be forgotten': Dutch volunteers keep Canadian soldiers' stories from being forgotten. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/too-dearly-loved-to-be-forgotten-dutch-volunteers-keeping-canadian-soldiers-stories-alive Ottawa Citizen.

Dutch, Canadian leaders lead off week of WWII remembrance https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3067341/Dutch-Canadian-leaders-lead-week-WWII-remembrance.html Associated Press 4 May 2015

Holten Canadian War Cemetery. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/second-world-war/the-netherlands/holten-cem Veteran's Affairs Canada. 2019-02-14


Holten Canadian War Cemetery. https://dutch-canadiansremember.ca/node/73 Dutch-Canadians Remember as One. Two countries, One Spirit. May 5, 2015

Lenson, Leo. Holten Canadian War Cemetery. Second World War (1939-1945) https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/193/Holten-Canadian-War-Cemetery.htm Traces of War.

Robertson, Ian. Canadians never forgotten in The Netherlands. https://torontosun.com/news/national/guest-column-canadians-never-forgotten-in-the-netherlands Toronto Sun. November 11, 2018

Stephen Harper joins Canadian WW2 veterans to mark liberation of Netherlands. Doing the Right Thing comes at a cost. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-joins-canadian-ww2-veterans-to-mark-liberation-of-netherlands-1.3059805 CBC News. May 4, 2015. The Canadian Press.

Stewart, Brian. Old vets, old values underline Dutch regard for Canada's WWII liberators. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/old-vets-old-values-underline-dutch-regard-for-canada-s-wwii-liberators-1.3065588 May 8, 2015 CBC News

van Bekkum, Alice Stitching Faces to Canadian War Graves Groesbeek. Newsletter. NO. 5- Spring 2018. Faces to Graves.

Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

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