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Robert Wilfred Alexander

In memory of:

Squadron Leader Robert Wilfred Alexander

September 21, 1944

Arnhem, Netherlands

Military Service


Service Number:

J/2833

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

437 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Africa Star, France & Germany Star, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, Air Observer Badge earned on 24 October 1940, Pilots Flying Badge earned on 9 January 1943 and Operational Wings awarded posthumously on 28 January 1947.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


Born:

August 20, 1920
Norwich, Ontario

Son of Wilfred and Isobel Johnston Hagan Alexander; Husband of Mildred Florence (née Armstrong) and father of James Robert Alexander, of Sarnia, Ontario. Brother of James William, Howard John and Catherine May. He listed his occupation of a public school teacher.

Alexander Bay and Alexander Point, Northwest Territories were named after Robert Alexander.

Commemorated on Page 235 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Coll. Grave 24. C. 1-3.

Location:

BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY is located 39 Km north west of Antwerp and 19 Km after passing the Border into the Netherlands. The N11 connects Antwerp to Bergen op Zoom via Kapellen, Pulte, Hoogerheide and finally on to Bergen op Zoom. On reaching Bergen op Zoom railway station, turn right onto the Bredastraat. Follow this road for 500 M where it becomes Wouwsestraatweg and carry straight on for 2.5 km. The street name has now changed to the Ruytershoveweg and the war cemetery can be found on the left 200 M further than the Canadian cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Id Card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star October 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ROBERT WILFRED ALEXANDER– Photo extracted from graduation photograph of !st Observer Course August 16th, 1940.  He and 21 other classmates out of a class of 39 were dead by 21 September 1944.
  • Photo of ROBERT WILFRED ALEXANDER– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Cover– Album of Honor for Brant County  World War 11 1939 -1945
Published in 1946 by The Brantford Kinsmen Club and submitted with their permission by
Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Robert Alexander– Album of Honor for Brant County  World War 11 1939 -1945
Published in 1946 by The Brantford Kinsmen Club and submitted with their permission by
Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Robert Wilfred Alexander– Awarded the D.F.C. for heroic service in the Middle East in April 1942. Reported missing September 21, 1944, after carrying out his mission of dropping supplies for paratroopers at Arnhem.
  • Alexander Bay– Three hundred and sixteen place names in the Northwest Territories commemorate Second World War casualties. http://www.pwnhc.ca/programs/commemorative_names/war_casualties.asp

Alexander Bay (Lat 620940 Long 1150215) and Alexander Point (Lat  620845 Long 1150000) commemorate Squadron Leader Robert William Alexander, D.F.C., J/2833, 437 Sqdn. RCAF, who died on September 21, 1944.

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