Unknown Canadian Trooper buried in the Netherlands has been Identified

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  1. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

    Canadian soldier buried in a nameless grave in the Netherlands near the end of the Second World War has been identified 75 years later, the Department of National Defence said Monday.

    Trooper Henry George Johnston’s identity was confirmed under a program dedicated to identifying newly found skeletal remains and Canadian service members who were buried anonymously.

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    MAAN ALHMIDI
    OTTAWA
    THE CANADIAN PRESS
    PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2, 2020

    Canadian buried in the Netherlands as an unknown soldier in 1945 identified
     
  2. smdarby

    smdarby Patron Patron

    The article says he was killed during Operation Blackcock, which is strange since I did not think any Canadians were involved in that operation. It was British XII Corps affair.

    And if he was killed during Operation Blackcock, then I'm wondering why was he buried way up at Mook (near Nijmegen) rather than in a closer cemetery to where the operation took place, such as Sittard?
     
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  3. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

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  4. smdarby

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    Thanks. Much more information in the second article and it does mention Kangaroos. 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment, killed near Susteren.
     
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Casualty Details | CWGC
    TROOPER HENRY GEORGE JOHNSTON
    Service Number: M/8053
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment, R.C.A.C.
    Date of Death: Died 17 January 1945
    Age 29 years old

    Buried or commemorated at MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: III. B. 3
    Location: Netherlands
    Country of Service: Canadian
    Additional Info: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Johnston, of Grimshaw, Alberta, Canada; husband of Amelia Johnston, of Grimshaw.
    Personal Inscription: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

    N.B.
    Recent research has shown that Trooper Johnston is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave. Please note that this casualty was previously commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial; his name will be removed when the appropriate panel is next replaced.
     
  6. Wrgmr1

    Wrgmr1 HMS Wolsey at the East Mole Dunkirk

    https://m.facebook.com/CanadianKangaroos/posts/2825771107487055?locale2=es_LA

    This describes Canadian Kangaroos carrying the 4th KOSB into Konigsbosch. Also they are talked about by Peter White in his book With the Jocks.
     
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