Hello, I have been writing the story of my mother's cousin who died during WW2, In Holland on the battlefield April 8, 1945. He was with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 2nd Canadian Corps. I have been reading all I can find about the battles that happened in Holland during the Spring of '45, and reading your website was the most emotional. Your story of being there during the 2015 remembrance, allowed me to be there also. I have now decided that I will make a trip to Holland when funds afford me to do so. I must stand in front of my mother's favourite cousins grave, and pay honour to his sacrifice, a 20 year old farmer's son from Puslinch Ontario who never got to bring in another hay crop because he never go to go home again....killed one month before liberation.
I like writing stories of my ancestors and crazy as this may sound, he came forward and wanted his story to be told. I am not sure if I did a good job or even if all my information is correct, but the story is written and I am humbled that he came to me.
His name is Lance-Corporal William Alexander McLean, buried in plot 2, row b, grave #3. There was a message written on his "find a grave" page from a Dutch man who, with others doing the same, paid respect to my cousin during a May 5th remembrance. Reading all that I could about his time at war has been an emotional journey and I feel my cousin wants us to never forget his sacrifice and to find a way to live in peace.
I just wanted to thank you for the information you have put on Dutch-Canadians Remember as One, Two Countries, One Spirit.
Thank you so much.
Patricia Miskimins, 1st cousin 1x removed to Alex McLean.