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. Those fallen soldiers from Calgary are listed at the end of this communication

ICB Holten Netherlands Interview Project relates to the province of Alberta where there are the home town places of 60 fallen soldiers. Across Canada, there were 1,394 military who have found their final resting place at the Canadian Military Cemetery at Holten.

The intention of the ICB 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 are not, yourselves, aware of contact information for this fallen soldier, can you kindly advise or send a communication in this regards to a Facebook page for your area, 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?

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

This above resource is an excellent interactive map from ICB “Where did they live” also has information on other Canadian soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice.

Thanks for your help,

Jan Braakman jan.braakman@gmail.com

Volunteer/researcher at ICB

(There is a large time zone difference between Canada and the Netherlands. Central European Standard Time Time zone in Holten, Netherlands GMT+1)

It’s coming up to the 75th 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.

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 and or spouses. For example:

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

CWGC gives the additional next of kin information: son of Edna Knutson, of Naicam, Saskatchewan, for the solider Palmer Knutson. (In the search engine for CWGC don’t put in the middle name nor initial)

For further information:

https://saskgenweb.site123.me/articles/information-centre-canadian-war-cemetery-icb-in-holten-netherlands-honours-world-war-ii-soldiers

Kind regards,
Julia Adamson

(genealogist/historian at Saskatchewan Gen Web, a liason helping Jan Braakman locate Canadian contacts in regards to the fallen soldiers buried at Canadian War Cemetery Holten, Netherlands. Please forward this information to any potential contacts or sources of research information)

Any assistance you can give regarding contacts in Alberta, surely would be appreciated!

  1. Clark, Lorimer G.; Spr F/75996 Royal Canadian Engineers 28-4-45 11 D 15 Calgary Alberta

  2. Clarke, Thomas E.; Pte M/65705 The Loyal Edmonton Regiment 24-4-45 02 C 04 Calgary Alberta
  3. Greenhalgh, Thomas F.; Capt, Royal Canadian Engineers 10-4-45 10 C 15 Calgary Alberta
  4. Hetherington, Clinton R.; Pte K/2782 The Canadian Scottish Regt 10-4-45 02 A 04 Calgary Alberta
  5. Lee, John J.; Cpl K/45239 The Lake Superior Regiment 09-4-45 09 D 13 Calgary Alberta
  6. Rankin, Harlow D.; Spr M/36887 Royal Canadian Engineers 10-4-45 10 C 16 Calgary Alberta
  7. Sheedy, Matthew M.; Supv. Canadian Army 21-6-45 09 F 11 Calgary Alberta
  8. Wheatley, William; Pte M/37564 The Essex Scottish Regiment 08-7-45 12 A 06 Calgary Alberta
  9. Wilson, John H.; Pte M/5885 The Royal Regiment of Canada 14-4-45 01 E 08 Calgary Alberta

Per Christine Hayes (AFHS):

I’m going to send it to the Military Museums as well.  If you can think of anywhere else to send it where it might get the attention it needs let me know and I can send it.