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Winifred Lilian Brewster

In memory of:

Private Winifred Lilian Brewster

April 15, 1946


Germany

Military Service


Service Number:

W/15189

Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Women's Army Corps

Additional Information


Born:

August 8, 1925
Windsor, Ontario

Enlistment:

November 25, 1943
London, United Kingdom

Daughter of Harcourt James William and Lillian Wright, of Lower Edmonton, Middlesex, England. Wife of Craftsman Edward John Brewster, R.C.E.M.E. (killed in Holland, 15th April, 1946.)

Commemorated on Page 583 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:

X. H. 7.

Location:

Holten is a village 20 kilometres east of the town of Deventer, on the main A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany. Following the A1 motorway, turn off at exit 26 and follow the N332 in the direction of Holten. Follow the N332 until reaching a signpost for Holterberg. Turn right onto the N344 in the direction of Holten, then at the T junction turn left towards Holten and follow this road to the roundabout. Take second exit then turn first right towards Holterberg. Follow this road uphill until you see a green Commission sign pointing to the right. Turn right down the track and follow to the end. Turn left and the cemetery lies along here on the left hand side.

Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. The great majority of those buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery died during the last stages of the war in Holland, during the advance of the Canadian 2nd Corps into northern Germany, and across the Ems in April and the first days of May 1945. After the end of hostilities the remains of over 1,300 Canadian soldiers were brought together into this cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of WINIFRED LILIAN BREWSTER– May be the ONLY couple buried at a War Cemetery. Story has it that they where just married for one day, one week before going to Canada and they perished in an accident. ONE year after the end of WW2, what a terrible disaster. That is why we planted a flag.
  • Photo of Winnifred Brewster
  • Group Photo
  • Group Photo– October 7, 1945.  

Inscription on back: 3 beauties! including the love of my life.
  • Temporary Grave Marker
  • Temporary Grave Marker
  • Grave Markers– Plot view of Private Winifred Lilian Brewster and her husband Craftsman Edward John Brewster both killed on April 15, 1946
  • Grave Marker– W.15189 Private
Winifred Lilian
Brewster
Canadian Women's Army Corps
15th April 1946  Age 20

Safe in the Arms of Jesus
  • Grave Marker– W.15189 Private
Winifred Lilian
Brewster
Canadian Women's Army Corps
15th April 1946  Age 20

Safe in the Arms of Jesus
  • Gravemarker
  • Grave Marker

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