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Hector Vervaeke

In memory of:

Private Hector Vervaeke

September 12, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/119533

Age:

31

Force:

Army

Unit:

Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Alex and Emma Vervaeke; husband of May Vervaeke, of Hamilton, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 468 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:

III. C. 4.

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

  • Memorial– Private Hector Vervaeke is also commemorated on the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) Memorial located in Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay, ON … May 2018 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) Memorial located in Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay, ON … May 2018 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo– This photo was found in Hector's military service file. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Service Book– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Telegram– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of HECTOR VERVAEKE– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Hector Vervaeke
  • Family Photo– H. H. Vervaeke, his wife May Walker and daughter Helen. He was a Canadian cousin of my Belgian grandmother Emma Vervaeke.
  • Family photo– pt. Hector H. Vervaeke (in uniform) & his wife May Walker and daughter Helen (in 1943-44)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Entrance
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Grave Marker– gravestone of H. H.Vervaeke at Adegem Canadian Cemetery Belgium(F.Mahieu 11-11-2004)

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