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Walter Stanley Coltman

In memory of:

Private Walter Stanley Coltman

September 23, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/112841

Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Son of Francis and Florence Coltman, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of Lillian D. V. Coltman, of Toronto.

Commemorated on Page 277 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

II. C. 8.

Location:

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

  • Entrance– Adegem Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Adegem Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Cross of Sacrifice - Adegem Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Adegem Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Walter Stanley Coltman– Walter Stanley Coltman, husband to Lillian Coltman, father to Shirley (Coltman) Garrity, June (Coltman) Williams and Walter Coltman Jr.
Photo Taken in 1944 at age 30.

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