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Dwight Earl Welch

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Dwight Earl Welch

August 31, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

M/26903

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C.

Division:

14th Armoured Regiment

Citation(s):

Mentioned in dispatches. His citation reads: "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. Lance Corporal Welch while under intense fire, assisted in rescuing wounded from exposed positions on the beach, carrying on when wounded himself without any regard for his personal safety. His normal duties as beach officer's messenger exposed him considerably to enemy fire and he continued to live dangerously in his self-imposed task of helping the wounded. Lance Corporal Welch's conduct under fire was a splendid example to members of his own party and others on the beach and is most deserving of recognition."

Honours and Awards:

Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information


Son of Harry and Fanny Welch, of Erskine, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 123 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:

IV. D. 10.

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
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Dwight 4th from left. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Dwight and fiancee.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Dwight and fiancee  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Dwight and his cousin Richard. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Dwight with Dorene and Kay (age 7). Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DWIGHT EARL WELCH– Dwight Earl Welch - Portrait
  • Photo of Dwight Earl Welch– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Cap Badge– Calgary Tank Regiment - Cap Badge
  • Grave Marker– Dwight Earl Welch - Grave Photo

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