Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gustave Daniel Alfred Bieler

In memory of:

Major Gustave Daniel Alfred Bieler

September 5, 1944

Flossenberg, Germany

Military Service


Age:

40

Force:

Army

Unit:

Le Regiment de Maisonneuve, R.C.I.C.

Division:

Special Operations Executive

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Member of the Order of the British Empire

Additional Information


Born:

March 26, 1904
Beurlay, France

Enlistment:

June 11, 1940
Montreal, Québec

Husband of Marguerite Bieler of Montreal, Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 250 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
Netherlands

Grave Reference:

Panel 11.

Location:

During the Second World War, many thousands of men and women from all countries of the British Commonwealth and Empire lost their lives in trying to repel the German invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium in 1940, and in the ensuing struggle to liberate the occupied countries. Some 11,000 of these have their graves in Belgium and nearly 20,000 lie in the Netherlands. Of this number, there are over 1,000 who have no known grave. The Groesbeek Memorial, which stands in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, about 10 kilometres south-east of the Dutch town of Nijmegen, commemorates by name these members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North-West Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944, and the end of the war in Europe. The Groesbeek Memorial consists of twin colonnaded buildings which face each other across the turfed forecourt of the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, between the entrance and the Stone of Remembrance. The names of the men commemorated are inscribed in panels of Portland stone built into the rear walls, and within each building are inscribed the words:


The walls bear the names of the soldiers
Of the British Commonwealth and Empire
Who fell in the advance from the river seine
Through the low countries and into Germany
But to whom the fortune of war denied
A known and honoured grave.
30TH AUGUST 1944 - 5TH MAY 1945

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of GUSTAVE DANIEL ALFRED BIELER– Major Bieler's photo from a CBC news article chronicling his story.
  • Photo of GUSTAVE DANIEL ALFRED BIELER– Gustave Bieler was one of 25 Canadians who were recruited into the Special Operations Executive. (Courtesy of Jacqueline Bieler)

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