Vande Velde, Peter

Rank Private, Lance Corporal
Service # A/50451
Unit # Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Born 24/10/1919 at Denderhoutem, Belgium; the son of Armund and Clementine Vandevelde (the family moved to Canada in 1925), of 872 Forham St., Wallaceburg, Ontario. Peter attended Our Lady of Hope separate school. He had three brothers, August 1st Canadian Parachute Bn,, Joseph in 1st Kents and Modest at home and four sisters Mrs. Leona Elliot, Mrs. Palmyr Janssen and Mrs. Matilda Van Kruyssen and Miss Teresa at home. Prior to enlisting Peter was employed at the Dominion Glass Co., in Wallaceburg.

Peter enlisted at Chatham with the Kent Regt., mobilized in 1940. He trained at # 12 BTC., Chatham, London, Niagara Falls, ON., Terrace, Nanaimo and New Westminster, BC. before going overseas 13 Feb. 1942 to England.

He went to France on D Day joining the Highland Light Infantry and was given the honour of raising the Union Jack over the newly liberated city of Caen, France by Canadian forces.  He had written home to say he had met his brother August while on a 48 hour leave.

Peter would be killed in the Quesney Woods area during the Battle of the Falaise Gap by German mortar fire. Age: 24, KIA – Date of Death: 12/08/1944, in France.

Flowers in memory of L/Cpl. Vandevelde were placed at the main gate of the Dominion Glass co. and Our Lady of Hiope RC Church.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: XV. D. 12. Cemetery: BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY.

Rank: L/Cpl., Service No: A/50451  Regiment: Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sources Index of Overseas Deaths, NRT, VIS-IODE. .
Supplemental Information Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: XV. D. 12. Cemetery: BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY.

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