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Alex Elchuk

Alex Elchuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 26 years

Date of Death: April 2, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Theodore and Dora Elchuk, of Lessard, Alberta.

Alexander Bondoluk

Alexander Bondoluk

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: General List, Canadian Army, attached Headquarters 4th Canadian Armoured Division

Age: 29 years

Date of Death: November 19, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Alexander and Maria Bondoluk, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Alexander Parfinuk

Alexander Parfinuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 21 years

Date of Death: April 13, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Jack and Natalie Parfinuk, of Gladstone, Manitoba.

Alexander Serediak

Alexander Serediak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Canadian Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 14, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samual Serediak, of Beverly, Alberta.

Andrew Horbatiuk

Andrew Horbatiuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: October 28, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Andrew Kerelchuk

Andrew Kerelchuk

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 19, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Anthony James Kucera

Anthony James Kucera

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: April 27, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Frank and Anna Kucera, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Anthony Shymkiw

Anthony Shymkiw

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 23 years

Date of Death: September 22, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mike and Nettie Shymkiw, of Makaroff, Manitoba.

Apostle George Apostle

Apostle George Apostle

Rank: Trooper

Regiment/Service: 12th Manitoba Dragoons, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
18th Armoured Car Regiment

Age: 21 years

Date of Death: April 16, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of George and Eva Apostle, of North Bay, Ontario.

Bert Staradub

Bert Staradub

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mike and Annie Staradub, of East Selkirk, Manitoba.

Cecil Boychuk

Cecil Boychuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Dan Alexander Kozar

Dan Alexander Kozar

Rank: Guardsman

Regiment/Service: Governor General’s Foot Guards, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
21st Armored Regiment

Age: 23 years

Date of Death: October 21, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of William and Jessie Kozar, of St. Annes, Ontario.

Donnie Peter Gnutel

Donnie Peter Gnutel

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 25 years

Date of Death: April 29, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Harry and Katie Gnutel, of Menzie, Manitoba.

Elie Antonyszyn

Elie Antonyszyn

Rank: Gunner

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Artillery
8th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: July 15, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Michael and Lena Antonyszyn, of Rorketon, Manitoba.

Frank B. Spirnyak

Frank B. Spirnyak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: December 7, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Elizabeth Spirnyak, of Toronto, Ontario.

Frank Kowalychen

Frank Kowalychen

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: March 5, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of John and Mickalina Kowalychen, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Frank Nicholas Sekulich

Frank Nicholas Sekulich

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 5, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Frank Steve Januik

Frank Steve Januik

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 10, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

George Ewoniuk

George Ewoniuk

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 10, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of George Joseph and Anne Ewoniuk, of Mimico, Ontario.

George Feschuk

George Feschuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 25, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

George H. Meroniuk

George H. Meroniuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: October 14, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

George Kuchuiran

George Kuchuiran

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: November 1, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Nick and Mary Kuchuiran.

George William Gorgichuk

George William Gorgichuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: December 16, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

George Yanchuk

George Yanchuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: March 2, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mary Yanchuk, of Fort William, Ontario.

Harry Gregory Bozak

Harry Gregory Bozak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: March 30, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of J. and Anne Bozak, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Harry Ilasevich

Harry Ilasevich

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 21 years

Date of Death: April 12, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Michael Ilasevich, and of Lena Ilasevich, of Sadlow, Manitoba.

Harry Machura

Harry Machura

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: April 23, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Maxim and Annie Machura, of Riverton, Manitoba.

Ivan Roy Pindar

Ivan Roy Pindar

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: April 13, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Joshua James Pindar and Alma Pindar, of Oshawa, Ontario.

Jacob Zaharik

Jacob Zaharik

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: 14th Canadian Hussars, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
8th Reconnaissance Regiment

Age: 30 years

Date of Death: January 23, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Theodore and Bessie Zaharik, of Regina, Saskatchewan.

James John George Kosowan

James John George Kosowan

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 10, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

John Anton Stodola

John Anton Stodola

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 21 years

Date of Death: September 30, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Anton and Mary Stodola, of Skaro, Alberta.

John Boyuk

John Boyuk

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 32 years

Date of Death: October 7, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Wasyl and Pauline Boyuk; husband of Norma Grace Boyuk, of Merritton, Ontario.

John Joseph Bohon

John Joseph Bohon

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: North Nova Scotia Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: March 25, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

John Joseph Koropchuk

John Joseph Koropchuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Date of Death: March 1, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of William and Catherine Koropchuk, of Freelton, Ontario.

John Kibzey

John Kibzey

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 21 years

Date of Death: December 4, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Peter and Nettie Kibzey, of Bienfait, Saskatchewan.

John P. Chomyn

John P. Chomyn

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: February 19, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Peter M. and Molly Chomyn, of Carpenter, Saskatchewan.

John Prysiaznuk

John Prysiaznuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Algonquin Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: November 1, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of William and Lena Prysiaznuk, of Emerson, Manitoba.

John Rusnak

John Rusnak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps

Date of Death: November 22, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

John Semenuik

John Semenuik

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: April 23, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Semenuik, of Port Arthur, Ontario.

John Serada

John Serada

Rank: Sapper

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Engineers 8th Field Squadron

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: October 4, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Peter and Anne Serada, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

John Shura

John Shura

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 22 years

Date of Death: March 1, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

John Sohorowich

John Sohorowich

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: October 5, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

John Tataren

John Tataren

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Age: 30 years

Date of Death: October 13, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Robert and Mary Tataren; husband of Doris Marie Tataren, of Toronto, Ontario.

John Wakula

John Wakula

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Westminster Regiment (Motors), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: April 17, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Fred and Polly Wakula, of Sifton, Manitoba.

John Wivcharuk

John Wivcharuk

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: December 13, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Joseph Henry Such

Joseph Henry Such

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment/Service: Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Battalion

Age: 27 years

Date of Death: November 30, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Joseph John and Mary Ann Such; husband of Winnifred May Such, of 5 Townsend Cottages, Fladbury, Worcestershire, England.

Joseph Petrak

Joseph Petrak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Westminster Regiment (Motors), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: April 26, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Joseph Petrak and of Carolina Petrak (nee Reikert), of Raymond, Alberta.

Joseph Werbenuk

Joseph Werbenuk

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: November 11, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Alex add Mary Werbenuk, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Joseph Yurkiw

Joseph Yurkiw

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 13, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Tinnie Yurkiw, of Dauphin, Manitoba.

Lewis J. Wasnick

Lewis J. Wasnick

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Date of Death: March 1, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Max Hryciuk

Max Hryciuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Algonquin Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 27 years

Date of Death: February 11, 1945

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Alex and Emily Hryciuk, of Enderby, British Columbia.

Meron Chabluk

Meron Chabluk

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 25 years

Date of Death: February 18, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Stephen and Annie Chabluk; husband of Vivienne Barbara Chabluk, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Michael Yawnuk

Michael Yawnuk

Rank: Trooper

Regiment/Service: 1st Hussars, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. 6th Armored Regiment

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mike and Annie Yawnuk, of Toronto, Ontario.

Mike Fedina

Mike Fedina

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: October 31, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of John and Anne Fedina, of New Toronto, Ontario.

Mike Haluik

Mike Haluik

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: November 10, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Mike Husak

Mike Husak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Algonquin Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 25 years

Date of Death: March 7, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Alex and Irene Husak, of Arran, Saskatchewan.

Mike Walter Basaraba

Mike Walter Basaraba

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: November 24, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Mike Zemlak

Mike Zemlak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: October 9, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Alex and Pearl Zemlak, of Wishart, Saskatchewan.

Mytody Litvinchuk

Mytody Litvinchuk

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 23 years

Date of Death: October 16, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Vincent and Anne Litvinchuk, of Flat Lake, Alberta.

Nicholas James Hantiuk

Nicholas James Hantiuk

Rank: Sapper

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Engineers 31 Field Company

Age: 35 years

Date of Death: November 3, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mike and Mary Hantiuk; husband of Mary Marion Hantiuk, of Vegreville, Alberta.

Nicholas Panko

Nicholas Panko

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: March 3, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Nicholas Shumay

Nicholas Shumay

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 47 General Transport Company

Date of Death: July 2, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Nick Forsachuk

Nick Forsachuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 17, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Nick Kozak

Nick Kozak

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 26 years

Date of Death: March 4, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Mary Kozak; husband of Marjorie Kozak, of Radley, Berkshire, England.

Paul N. Boyko

Paul N. Boyko

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Algonquin Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: March 7, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Naum and Nancy Boyko, of Downing, Alberta.

Pete Goodz

Pete Goodz

Rank: Gunner

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Artillery
4 Field Regiment

Date of Death: February 16, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. A. Goodz, of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Peter Chorney

Peter Chorney

Rank: Trooper

Regiment/Service: Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)
2nd Armoured Regiment

Age: 26 years

Date of Death: April 17, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Nick and Julia Chorney, of Star, Alberta.

Peter Harasymchuk

Peter Harasymchuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Canadian Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 24 years

Date of Death: April 23, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Daniel and Mary Harasymchuk, of Armstrong, British Columbia.

Peter Hydichuk

Peter Hydichuk

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: March 31, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Peter Usick

Peter Usick

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 28 years

Date of Death: November 1, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of John and Barbara Usick; husband of Dina Usick, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Philip Tarasenko

Philip Tarasenko

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Rudolph Farenchik

Rudolph Farenchik

Rank: Gunner

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Artillery

Age: 24 years

Date of Death: December 15, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of John and Susan Farenchik, of Montreal, Province of Quebec.

Sam Matvichuk

Sam Matvichuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: April 14, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of John Matvichuk, and of Mary Matvichuk, of Delph, Alberta.

Sam Prokopchuk

Sam Prokopchuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: February 27, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Stanley Werniuk

Stanley Werniuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Age: 23 years

Date of Death: April 12, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of William and Stephania Werniuk, of Rycroft, Alberta.

Stephen J. Fedak

Stephen J. Fedak

Rank: Trooper

Regiment/Service: 12th Manitoba Dragoons, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
18th Armoured Car Regiment

Age: 23 years

Date of Death: December 6, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Peter and Annie Fedak, of McCreary, Manitoba.

Stephen Malaidack

Stephen Malaidack

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: North Nova Scotia Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: March 29, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Anna Malaidack, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Stephen Struk

Stephen Struk

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: March 3, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Steve Bryksa

Steve Bryksa

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: March 29, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Katheleen Bryksa, of West Bend, Saskatchewan.

Steve Hnatiw

Steve Hnatiw

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 28 years

Date of Death: April 21, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Wasyl and Nastia Hnatiw, of Olha, Manitoba.

Steve Pylypow

Steve Pylypow

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 21 years

Date of Death: January 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Michael and Annie Pylypow, of Glaslyn, Saskatchewan.

Steven Edward Mularchuk

Steven Edward Mularchuk

Rank: Guardsman

Regiment/Service: Canadian Grenadier Guards, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
22nd Armoured Regiment

Date of Death: March 9, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Steven J. Motkaluk

Steven J. Motkaluk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: 48th Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: May 2, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Steven Startychuk

Steven Startychuk

Rank: Gunner

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Artillery 19 Field Regiment

Age: 23 years

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Harry and Dora Stratychuk; husband of Ida Rosella Stratychuk, of Kitchener, Ontario.

Theodore Adam Grygar

Theodore Adam Grygar

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps 18 Field Ambulance

Age: 20 years

Date of Death: December 1, 1944

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Louis and Kathleen Grygar, of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Theodore Olenick

Theodore Olenick

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 19 years

Date of Death: April 21, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Annie Olenick, of Reston Manitoba.

Walter Golko

Walter Golko

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Walter Melnychenko

Walter Melnychenko

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Canadian Provost Corps 1st Company

Age: 25 years

Date of Death: September 19, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Nick and Mary Melnychenko, of Shortdale, Manitoba.

Walter Russell Lahoda

Walter Russell Lahoda

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: February 15, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Walter Senyk

Walter Senyk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: April 2, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Wasyl Kowalchuk

Wasyl Kowalchuk

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 24 years

Date of Death: February 18, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Dmetro and Nettie Kowalchuk, of Nobleville, Saskatchewan.

William Kindrachuk

William Kindrachuk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Date of Death: October 10, 1944

Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

William Lawryshyn

William Lawryshyn

Rank: Lance Sergeant

Regiment/Service: 14th Canadian Hussars, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
8th Reconnaissance Regiment

Age: 27 years

Date of Death: March 30, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Michael and Apolonia Lawrysyn.

William Nahornyk

William Nahornyk

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 42 years

Date of Death: January 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Metro and Sophie Mahornyk.

William Nicholas Kozarichuk

William Nicholas Kozarichuk

Rank: Trooper

Regiment/Service: 28th Armoured Regiment; British Columbia Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 26 years

Date of Death: April 20, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of John and Lena Kozarichuk; husband of Rose Kozarichuk, of St. Ann’s, Ontario.

William Trohubiak

William Trohubiak

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Age: 25 years

Date of Death: February 26, 1945

Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Peter T. and Annie Machnitsky, of Ethelbert, Manitoba.

William Walso Lotosky

William Walso Lotosky

Rank: Trooper

Regiment/Service: British Columbia Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

Age: 24 years

Date of Death: April 7, 1945

Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Additional Information: Son of Metro and Nellie Lotosky, of Golden, British Columbia.

Survivor Veteran

Wally D. Bunka

He was born on July 24, 1924 in Aberdeen, a mostly Anglo-Saxon town in central Saskatchewan, Canada. The Aberdeen district was settled in the 1890s by people of English and Scottish descent from Eastern Canada, as well as by Orthodox immigrants from Eastern Europe.

Wedding of Dmytro and Malanka Bunka, parents of Wally.
Wedding of Dmytro and Malanka Bunka, parents of Wally.

Funeral of Simeon Bunka, grandfather of Wally. 1945.
Funeral of Simeon Bunka, grandfather of Wally. 1945.

He is the second child of Dmytro and Malanka Bunka. His grandfather, Semen Bunka (1867–1945), immigrated to Canada from a village near Chernivtsi in Bukovyna, Ukraine, in 1898 when Wally’s father was two years old. His grandmother Yelena was born in 1864. Both Yelena and her husband Semen Bunka died in 1945. His mother, Malanka Zaleschuk, was from Alvena (northeast of Aberdeen) and was born in Canada to emigrants from Galychyna (region in the western part of Ukraine).

The family prospered in the 1920s, but suffered a severe blow when Dmytro Bunka died young, aged 36, in 1932, leaving his widow with five children to raise by herself, the youngest of whom was six months old. The Great Depression aggravated their woes, reversing the gains they had made and bringing them to poverty. As a result, Wally could only complete six grades, because he and his older brother had to struggle to keep the farm going.

Mike and John Bunka, brothers of Wally. 1938.
Mike and John Bunka, brothers of Wally. 1938.

Wally’s older brother, John, was enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces at 18 and assigned to an anti-aircraft unit of the Saskatoon Light Infantry regiment. He served in the Italian campaign. Later, the Saskatoons were subsequently redeployed to France and Belgium.

Wally was enlisted in January 1943 in Saskatoon. His Id number is LI04381. From January 1943 to January 1944, Wally served in Calgary, province of Alberta, and then in Eastern Canada.

After six months on the East Coast, Wally was put on the Queen Mary and shipped out to Glasgow in Scotland, the UK. There, he immediately boarded a train for the south of England, where Canadian troops were being assembled and trained in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. During this time Wally also occasionally visited London, where he sometimes met Nick Bodnar on a visit to the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen’s Association (UCSA) and attended a liturgy celebrated by the Ukrainian Orthodox chaplain, Rev. Stefan Symchych. It was while Wally was in England that he was assigned to the Winnipeg Rifles, or the “The Little Black Devils”, which had a large number of fellow Ukrainians. Wally remembers that the Ukrainians in the regiment were called kapustas by the English servicemen.

D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

A and C Companies of the Winnipeg Rifles including Wally boarded the Llangby Castle ship at Southampton on the afternoon of June 2, 1944. The ship sailed and anchored in the Solent, where it waited to join J Force, the invasion fleet.

By 4 am on June 6, Allied ships were within sight of Juno Beach, though the Germans held their fire. A massive bombardment of German positions by Allied guns began at around 7 am, and the landing craft were subjected to heavy fire when they moved toward the beaches.

Wally was with A Company of the Winnipeg Rifles, which along with C Company, was a reserve unit that landed on the beach shortly after B and D companies that had first begun the assault touching down in their landing craft seven minutes apart just before 8 am. Wally’s platoon commander was John Karasevich, who was seriously wounded on the beach.

By the end of the day, the Winnipeg Regiment incurred more than 130 casualties.

Wally then took part in the difficult struggle to fully secure the Normandy coastline despite unexpectedly determined resistance from the Germans.

The Battle of Carpiquet

On July 7, 1944, Wally was wounded by artillery shrapnel during the battle for the airfield at Carpiquet, west of the city of Caen, a key objective of the Normandy invasion, which was supposed to be captured on the first day, but it took seven weeks to accomplish this mission.

The Campaign in Belgium

At the end of September, Wally shipped back to his unit, rejoining his brothers in arms just after the Battle at Leopold Canal, east of Bruges, a tough fight that took place from October 6–13, 1944. It was part of the Battle of the Breskens Pocket in the south of Scheldt Estuary.

Wally and Fred Bunka in Ghent, Belguim. Autumn 1944.
Wally and Fred Bunka in Ghent, Belguim. Autumn 1944.

While Wally was in Belgium, he was assigned for a time to guard duty, watching over German POWs as well as Canadian soldiers who had run afoul of military regulations. One day, walking in the city of Ghent, he had a chance encounter with his brother John, with whom he had not been in touch with for some two years during the time he was serving in Italy. Someone took a picture of him with John, which Wally signed and sent to their mother.

The Campaign in the Netherlands

On the second week of April 1945, Mr. Bunka was wounded by shrapnel that cut his right arm and chest. It happened in Deventer located in the central part of the Netherlands, about half-way between Amsterdam and Enschede. He was taken to the 4th Canadian Hospital in Dunkirk, where, because his wounds were not critical, he was able to walk into the resort town for a beer.

Walter Bunka’s lunch in Ijzendijke, the Netherlands. October 21, 1944.
Walter Bunka’s lunch in Ijzendijke, the Netherlands. October 21, 1944.

Wally remembers the end of the war as a sad event, but not as a time of great celebration, because of all the horrors that had been brought by the fighting.

Afterwards, he was recruited to go to either Japan or Germany for peacekeeping duties, and he decided to sign up for a stint in the latter. Wally served in Emden, British Occupational Zone in Germany in 1945–1946. His job was to patrol the town center on a Harley Davidson and enforce curfew.

In the summer of 1946, he was officially discharged after his tour of duty in Germany. Then, he returned to Canada aboard a regular passenger ship and reached Aberdeen, Saskatchewan, by train in August 1946. When he arrived at the train station, the only one to greet him was a schoolteacher, Eva Holmes.

After the war, Wally moved to Vancouver for several years, before eventually making his way back to the prairies. Now, he lives in Edmonton, Alberta province. To this day, he cannot stand some sounds — loud and unexpected noises rattle him. He also occasionally has dreams about the war. He does not want anything to do with guns or killing, and is an ardent opponent of the war.