The Information Centre at the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, Netherlands is looking to interview siblings, spouses, children, other relatives, or friends of deceased soldiers who are buried there – including 2 Moose Javians.
Julia Adanson – Genealogist with Saskatchewan Gen Web:
"It started out as a project from the information centre in Holten, Netherlands. They're actually planning on coming to Canada to interview relatives of the fallen soldiers who are buried in the Canada War Cemetery in Holten, and about 69 people are from Saskatchewan."
Private James A. Brown of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada - husband of Helen E. Brown of Moose Jaw, and Sergeant Walter A. Shea of the Lake Superior Regiment - husband to Edna M Shea, are the 2 soldiers they are looking for more information on.
"The people that are conducting this actual interview project are particularly focusing on the information centre at the Canadian War Cemetery. If anyone is interested or if anybody happens to know any of the people that have been buried at the cemetery [they] are asked to contact Jan Braakman. He will get in touch with you and try to make arrangements."
After the Netherlands fell to the Germans in May of 1940, Allied forces were not able to enter the country until September of 1944. 1,394 Canadian military personnel found their final resting place at the Canadian Military Cemetery, with most casualties happening in the final stages of the war during the advance of the 2nd Canadian Corps into Germany.
Anyone who has information on the men is asked to contact the ICB Information Centre. If you know of either of the men or their families, you can email [email protected]
More information on Canada's role in the liberation of the Netherlands can be found here.
The Information Centre has also put together an interactive map showing the homesteads and information of all soldiers buried in the Canadian War Cemetery, which can be found here.