Memorial for The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (QOR)
In Rha, near Steenderen, is a beautifully designed monument in memory of a combat fight up to the Operation Cannonshot, were 7 Canadians of The Queens Own Rifles lost their lives.
Caption at the monument:
On the 28th of March 1945, The Queens Own Rifles of Canada crossed the Rhine River at Rees and advanced into Northern Holland through Doetinchem in pursuit of retreating German forces. Casualties mounted as the battalion fought through the towns of Laag-Keppel and Doesburg, and amongst the farmhouses of Eekhoorn, Zwarte Schaar, Rodenburg, Hoefken, Huis te Weerde and Pipelure.
Furious fighting took place near Rha resulting in even more casualties. The battalion was given a royal welcome by Zutphen on the 8th of April and the excitement increased when Prince Bernard paid a visit to the town on the 9th. Then it was on to Snippeling, Deventer and Zwolle which fell without a shot on the 13th.
The feeling of victory was in the air.
During 10 days of action in the Zutphen area, the following Riflemen gave their lives:
Rfn. J.E. Aiken Age 19
Rfn. E.H. Atkinson Age 24
Rfn. W. Burns Age 22
Rfn. O.E. Clark Age 20
Rfn. D.N. Patience Age 26
Rfn. T.E.C. Crawford Age 31
Rfn. G. Ewoniuk Age 19
Rfn. H. Goldsmirth Age 26
Cpl. H. Jamieson - Age 26
Rfn. M.E. Pretice Age 26
Rfn. M.H. York Age 19
Lt. J.G. Kavanagh Age 25
Rfn. R. Macara Age 26
Rfn. M.J. McKenna Age 26
Rfn. A.R.L. Mylles Age 20
Rfn. L.J. Warner Age 30
Every soldier of the QOR of Canada was a young Canadian who had volunteered to fight for the cause of freedom. Form Juno Beach, the 6th of June 1944, to the final victory in Germany, on the 8th of May 1945, these Riflemen fought in all major campaigns as part of the great Allied Army. By wars end The Queens Own Rifles of Canada had suffered over 1000 battle casualties.
462 Riflemen made the supreme sacrifice.
We will remember them! In memoriam!
Unveiled by members of the Regimental family 02 May 2000.
- Text: Jan Woelders
- Photos: Jan Woelders (1) & Frits Kruishaar (2)
Address and contactinformation
- WWII grade:
Where is it?
Sorry, no map found.
Point of interest
- Commonwealth War Graves Steenderen
- Collective Grave Civilian Casualties Zutphen
- Commonwealth War Graves Brummen