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Merritt Lee Richardson

In memory of:

Corporal Merritt Lee Richardson

April 18, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

B/70344

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Son of Fred B. and Edna Richardson, of Port Colborne, Ontario; husband of Mary Dolly Richardson.

Commemorated on Page 558 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:

VII. 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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  • Grave Marker– A visit to Merritt's grave by his grandson Scott. Son of Larry Richardson in December 2016.
  • Grave Marker
  • Photo of Merritt Lee Richardson– Merritt at hospital c.1944
  • Photo of Merritt Richardson– Merritt Richardson as civilian before deployment.
  • Photo of Merritt Richardson– Merritt Richardson in uniform with son Larry.
  • Photo of Merritt Richardson– Merritt Richardson with wife Dolly and Brother Fred with wife Dora before deployment.
  • Photo of Merritt Richardson– Merritt Richardson with younger brother,  Roy Ewen Richardson of Port Colborne before deployment.
  • Group Photo– Cpl. Merritt Richardson top left of photo.  Taken april 10 ,1945 in Germany.....cpl Richardson was killed in action 8 days later.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Paper clipping of Merritt being hit with Shrapnel and being wounded.
  • Card– Memorial Cross Card sent to Mrs. E. Richardson.
  • Letter– Letter from Merritt to his mother April 11, 1945. One week before he was killed.
  • Letter, (August 28, 1944)– Letter from Merritt to his sister Ruth August 28, 1944. Half way down he letter he talks about being wounded. See News Clipping.
  • Letter (February 16, 1945)– Letter from Merritt to his mother-in-law Bea Schneider
  • Letter (February 16, 1945) page 2
  • Letter– Letter to brother Fred p.1
  • letter page 2– Letter to brother Fred p.2
  • Letter Page 3– Letter to brother Fred p.3
  • Christmas Card– Canadian Military Christmas Card sent to wife Dolly Richardson.
  • Memorial Cross– Memorial Cross sent to Edna Richardson.
  • Inscription– Memorial Cross (back) sent to his mother, Edna Richardson
  • Entrance– Gate to Bergen op Zoom Cdn section
  • Temporary Gravemarker– Merritt's grave

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