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Gordon William Ouderkirk

In memory of:

Rifleman Gordon William Ouderkirk

April 16, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

B/143209

Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

February 7, 1917
Orville, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 25, 1943
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William Henry and Minnie Dora Ouderkirk; husband of Carrie Ouderkirk, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 551 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XII. D. 12.

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 Gordon W. Ouderkirk– Rifleman Ouderkirk joined the Regiment after D-Day and served in Support Company in the Carrier Platoon. He was KIA along with four others in carriers near Sneek, Holland on 16 April 45.
  • Grave Marker– This photo of Rfn Ouderkirk's gravemarker was taken in June 2003.

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