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William Henry Shilson

In memory of:

Rifleman William Henry Shilson

December 22, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







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

Additional Information

Son of William Henry and Agnes Flossie Shilson; husband of Alice Ann Patricia Shilson, of Mount Dennis, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 442 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

II. B. 16.


Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Albert Shilson, brother of William Shilson– Private Albert Shilson served with the 48th in Italy.  His brother, Rifleman William Shilson enlisted in the Royal Regiment in 1940 and then transferred to the QOR.
  • Obituary for William Shilson– This obituary of Rifleman Shilson was clipped from a Toronto newspaper in 1945 by Mrs. Josie McQuade.   Rifleman William Shilson joined the QOR and went with the Regiment to England in July 1941.  He was with Baker Company in the first assault wave on D-Day where he was wounded. Following his recovery, he rejoined the regiment in the Fall of 1944.  Rifleman William Shilson was killed near Nijmegen, Holland.
  • Grave marker– This photo of Rfn Shilson's gravemarker in Groesbeek Cemetery in Holland was taken in June 2003.

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