A recent email to our museum:
Dear Madam / Sir,
You don’t know me, I found your address on the internet and I don't know if I'm addressing the right person.
I am at the board and member of the Research Team of the foundation ‘Faces to Graves’ in Groesbeek, The Netherlands.
In Groesbeek we have the biggest Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands, this cemetery contains the graves of Canadian soldiers who died in the Northern Netherlands and Germany during the closing stages of the war.
The foundation Faces To Graves aims to give all these military heroes a ‘face’ by compiling, illustrating and publishing their life stories in a digital monument. We have to pay tribute to those young soldiers who lost their lives so far away from home fighting for our freedom.
Especially now most of their comrades are not able to do this any longer.
We would like to recognize every single one of them by a photo and the story of his life, so they will never be forgotten.
Therefore we are searching for photos and information about the soldiers who are buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.
A young soldier William Harold Birchall is buried at our Cemetery in Groesbeek.
He served with the 15th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery.
William Harold was born on 16 October 1917 in Cochrane, Alberta to Heywood & Maud Birchall.
He was killed in action on 26th February 1945 near Louisendorf at the start of Operation Blockbuster.
I cannot find much information about the 15th Field Regiment during WWII on the internet, I only found a very brief history on http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-3/par1/art/doc/15far-15rdc.pdf
Could you perhaps help me with information or do you know where I could get information about this 15th Field Regiment?
We have 8 more soldiers who served at the 15th Field Regiment and are buried in Groesbeek.
I hope you are willing to help us.
Looking forward to your reply.