WEILAND, George Andrew
DIVISIONAL UNIT: 1st Canadian Infantry Division
1st Infantry Brigade
1st Battalion - Western Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 3131769
DATE OF BIRTH: July 28, 1897
Seaforth – Tuckersmith Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: September 27, 1918 21 years 2 months
MEMORIAL: Vimy Memorial – Vimy
Pas de Calais - France
PARENTS: Mr. Henry and Sarah Weiland – Egmondville – Clinton - Ontario
Occupation: Barber Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: January 8, 1918 – London - Ontario
Enlistment Age: 20 years 6 months
The upcoming advance onto the Canal du Nord and Cambrai would involve the Marquion Line, the strategic Bourlon Wood and then the Marcoing Line. It would bot be an easy task.
They advanced across the Canal du Nord and then fanned out to the north and attacked the villages of Sains-les-Marquion and Marquion and were successful in capturing them. The 4th & 14th Battalions would lead the assault and then the 1dt & 13th Battalions would pass through and capture the Marquion Line. Other units would move on and take their attack across the Arras-Cambrai Road and head north-east toward the Marcoing Line.
Private Weiland was killed in action and it is thought he lost his life during the following all day fight with the enemy.
The Division barrage opened up at 5:20 am and the enemy reply was a feeble one and this fell on Inchy and the Buissy Switch.
The Canal du Nord seemed to be heavily defended by the enemy with machine-gun nests, trench mortars and well concealed dugouts.
The 4th Battalion followed the barrage to the Red line and here the 1st Battalion passed through, advanced by following the barrage and attacked and gained the Green line which was taken except for a point on the right where enemy fire held them up and did not allow them to reach the railway embankment.
Here the 2nd / 3rd Battalions passed thought and crossed the railway.
At 1:20 pm the Battalion came into Divisional support and were distributed in depth then dug themselves in and prepared for possible enemy counter-attacks.
During the advance to the Green line the casualties were 20 men killed; 133 men wounded and a number of men were missing and it was during this advance where Private Weiland lost his life in action.