Old 10-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Where can I find out where my father served in WW2? He was a sapper with the RCE, 7th field company, 2nd divison; later transferred to 3rd division. I am trying to get records from Library and Archives Canada but he has been deceased less than 20 years and there is a name change issue that is holding things up. He enlisted in 1939 and I found a hand written note with his medals stating that he served overseas from 1939 to 1945 and was in England, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Want to confirm and put together a timeline if I can. He wouldn't talk about the war when he was alive, didn't want to remember things that happened.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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Where can I find out where my father served in WW2? He was a sapper with the RCE, 7th field company, 2nd divison; later transferred to 3rd division. I am trying to get records from Library and Archives Canada but he has been deceased less than 20 years and there is a name change issue that is holding things up. He enlisted in 1939 and I found a hand written note with his medals stating that he served overseas from 1939 to 1945 and was in England, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Want to confirm and put together a timeline if I can. He wouldn't talk about the war when he was alive, didn't want to remember things that happened.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I'll check for you in the next few days. Just getting home tonight. If you get his records that will tell you which units he was with and dates. I can then tell you where those RCE units served.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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Peggy, I've posted some info for you on the other thread.

I've researched my files, and I don't have "specific" info on the 7th Field Company, but I can get it for you.

You said that he moved from the 2nd Cdn Div to the 3rd Cdn Div. It would probably be best if you got his records and then I would be able to complete a chart to show you "where he went" with the units he was assigned to.

In the mean time, I'll give you some info.

As I said, the 7th Field Company, was part of the 2nd Cdn Infantry Division. Engineer units included:

Headquarters RCE
1st Field Park Company, RCE
2nd Field Company, RCE
7th Field Company, RCE
11th Field Company, RCE
One bridge platoon

So, this basically means, wherever the 2nd Cdn Division went, so did these units.

The way RCE units were employed was, Each of the Field Company's would have been assigned to a specific Brigade in the Division to support.

Also, I have done research on the 11th Field Company, which was part of the RCE units in the 2nd Division. Here's a "list" of where they went and major actions (the 7th Field Company would probably be similar)

Borguebus Ridge, 18 - 23 Jul 1944;
St Andre-sur-Orne, 19 - 23 Jul 1944,
Verrierres Ridge, Tilly-la-Campagne, 25 Jul 1944,
Falaise, 7 - 22 Aug 1944,
Falaise Road, 7 - 9 Aug 1944,
Foret de la Londe, 27 - 29 Aug 1944,
Antwerp Turnhout Canal, 24 - 29 Sep 1944,
The Scheldt, 1 Oct - 8 Nov 1944,
Woensdrecht, 1 - 27 Oct 1944,
South Beveland, 24 - 31 Oct,
The Rhineland, 8 - 13 Feb 1945,
The Reischwald, 8 - 13 Feb 1945,
Goch-Calcar Road, 19 - 21 Feb 1945,
The Hochwald, 26 Feb - 4 Mar 1945,
Xanten, 8 - 9 Mar 1945,
Twente Canal, 2 - 4 Apr 1945,
Groningen, 13 - 16 Apr 1945,
Oldenberg, 27 Apr - 5 May 1945,

What I would suggest, as soon as you have received his military records, I can then look at the units he was assigned to, and do up a "chart" that shows you where he went, with these units.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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Here's a quick list of the major battles or actions that the 7th Field Company took part in (source: History of the Royal Canadian Engineers, Vol 2)

Dieppe - 19 Aug 1942
Bourguebus Ridge - 18-23 Jul 1944
St. Andre-sur-Orne - 19-23 July 1944
Verrieres - 25 Jul 1944
Falaise - 7-22 Aug 1944
Falasie Road - 7-9 Aug 1944
Clair Tizon - 11-13 Aug 1944
Foret de la Londe 27-29 Aug 1944
Dunkirk 8-15 Sept 1944
Wyneghem 21-22 Sep 1944
Antwerp - Turnhout Canal 24-29 Sept 1944
The Scheldt 1 Oct - 8 Nov 1944
Woensdrecht 1-27 Oct 1944
Walcheren "and " Causeway 31 Oct - 4 Nov 1944
The Rhineland 8 Feb - 10 Mar 1945
The Reichswald 8 - 15 Feb 1945
Goch-Calcar Road 19-21 Feb 1945
The Hochwald 26 Feb - 4 Mar 1945
Xanten 8-9 Mar 1945
Twente Canal 2-4 Apr 1945
Groningen 13-16 Apr 1945
Oldenburg 17 Apr - 5 May 1945

So this gives you a brief look at where the 7th Field Company went. If he was in other units though, this would change for him specifically, which I can help you with, as I said before

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Old 10-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #5
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Without his records, we can't tell exactly who he was with and when, BUT if he WAS with the 7th Field Company during Dieppe, here is some information on that engagement

Source: Show No Fear: Daring Actions in Canadian Military History

During the initial assault many engineers became casualties as they struggled to carry out their tasks. Of the 169 sappers who went ashore on 19 August, 152 were killed or captured and of the 17 that managed to escape the beaches and return to England, 10 were wounded. Lance-Sergeant G.A. Hickson, of the 7th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, provides an example of the outstanding effort put forth by the engineers on that trying day.............
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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More photo's of the 7th Field Company



Title: Personnel of the 7th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers (R.C.E.), reconstructing the bridge joining Terborg and Doetinchem, Netherlands, 1 April 1945.

Location: Terborg and Doetinchem, Netherlands

Date: April 1, 1945.



Title: Lance-Corporal G.S. Archibald, 7th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers (R.C.E.), placing a sign next to German signs pointing to Dunkirk. Bergues, Belgium, 16 September 1944.

Location: Bergues, Belgium,

Date: September 16, 1944



Title: Personnel f the 7th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers (R.C.E.), sweeping for mines, Doetinchem, Netherlands, 1 April 1945. (L-R at centre): Sappers Oliver Fleet and Bob Hunter

Location: Doetinchem, Netherlands:

Date: April 1, 1945

Source for all of the above:

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/d...ny&interval=20
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:53 AM   #7
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Peggy, you may wish to read through this thread

http://www.canadaatwar.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=3689

The 7th Field Company were part of these operations to bridge the Orne river at Caen, and you will see the types and pictures of bridges that they had a "hand" in building.
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