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Roland David Riel

In memory of:

Rifleman Roland David Riel

October 15, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

H/1572

Age:

18

Force:

Army

Unit:

Regina Rifle Regiment

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal 1939-45 and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


Born:

December 8, 1925
St. Vital, Manitoba

Enlistment:

January 21, 1943
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Henry and Yvonne Mary Eugenie Riel; brother of Hector Paul Joseph, Marcel Romeo, Lorraine Mary Paule and Claudette Claire. Husband of Doris Mary Riel Folster, of St. Vital, Manitoba. Grandson of Louis Riel. He was employed as a labourer. He enjoyed hockey, softball and hunting. He served in Canada from 21 January 1943 to 20 July 1943, the United Kingdom from 21 July 43 to 25 August 1944 and North West Europe from 26 August 44 until his death.

Commemorated on Page 427 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IX. G. 10.

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

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  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of ROLAND DAVID RIEL– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Entrance– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens

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