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William Charles Boutilier

In memory of:

Corporal William Charles Boutilier

September 10, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information

Son of John James and Mary Boutilier (1977 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Brother of Gordon, Fred and Private Douglas Albert Henry Boutilier, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, killed in action August 29, 1944.

Commemorated on Page 255 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

I. D. 11.


Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group Photo– Son of 1977 Silver Cross Mother Mary Boutilier. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of WILLIAM CHARLES BOUTILIER– Son of 1977 Silver Cross Mother Mary Boutilier. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Mrs Mary Boutillier Silver Cross Mother 1977. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– William Charles Fenwick Boutilier became wounded on September 10, 1944 and died as a result that same day. The Lincoln and Welland Regiment were in the area of Oostkamp/Moerbrugge, Belgium crossing a canal.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star February 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker

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