"Dedicated to Harold & Bruce Queen's family." Groesbeek by Waalewiener

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Harold Queen was the brother of Lori's uncle Bruce

Initials: H A
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit Text: 207 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
Date of Death: 31/08/1943
Service No: R/98092
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XV. F. 10.

Canadian services Crest is in this picture.

Harold Allen Queen was the brother of my wife Lori's
uncle Bruce Queen , both were brothers and entered the services like thousands of other young Canadians did .Uncle Bruce was with the Calgary Highlanders
and he went overseas and landed in France and fought battles through France, Belgium ,Zeeland in the Netherlands and as far as into Germany.Uncle Bruce survived the war and married my wife Lori's aunt . Harold Allen Queen died in the Netherlands on a failed mission in a plane over Holland.
Sergeant Harold Queen was an
Air Gunner in the Regiment Royal Canadian Air Force. 207 R.A.F Sgdn.

We were asked by Lori's aunt ,the wife of Bruce Queen if we could take some pictures when we visited Groesbeek of the grave of
Harold . Allen. Queen .
I like to dedicate these Groesbeek pages to the family of Harold & Bruce Queen .
This is in honor of two great Canadian Soldiers.

Last resting place for many brave men.

Allied forces entered the Netherlands on 12 September 1944. Airborne operations later that month established a bridgehead at Nijmegen and in the following months, coastal areas and ports were cleared and secured, but it was not until the German initiated offensive in the Ardennes had been repulsed that the drive into Germany could begin. Most of those buried in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery were Canadians, many of whom died in the Battle of the Rhineland, when the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions, and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division, took part in the drive southwards from Nijmegen to clear the territory between the Maas and the Rhine in February and March 1945. Others buried here died earlier or later in the southern part of the Netherlands and in the Rhineland. The cemetery contains 2,610 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, and nine war graves of other nationalities. Within the cemetery stands the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1,000 members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Dutch people have been and still are soo wonderful keeping this wonderful Cemetary in such great shape.
  • In a nutshell:I know that it is well appreciated by the Families of the fallen Soldiers buried in this Cemetary.
  • Last visit to Groesbeek: Oct 2003
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  • timada's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    I can 't comment those pages of yours... they are terribly touching !

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    I enjoy reading your Groesbeek pages. Great photos.:-). you are both welcome here anytime.:-)

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 12:34 PM

    Well written Hans, must be a very poignant page for you both.

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 10:40 AM

    Hansi drove tanks? VARROOOM watch out Grets!!! A lovely tribute page to the men who died in the Great war. So sad, like Gettysburg a painful rift in history.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 5:26 AM

    Wow Hans. I thoroughly enjoyed your Groesbeek pages. Very touching to dedicate it to Uncle Bruce and his family. He would have appreciated it very much. Hugs. Lori.

  • Dec 17, 2004 at 3:31 PM

    I want to go here!!! Neat page, Hans! Thanks for introducing me this place!! xoxoxox

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2004 at 4:38 AM

    Poignant, Hans..Thanks for sharing Groesbeek, the memorials, the graves,the bravery. Powerful photographs and travelogue. I hope more members and visitors see this..it's memorable.

  • jto's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2004 at 6:08 AM

    Great page Hansje!! Its touching indeed. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2004 at 8:46 AM

    What can I say? You have done some homework there! Perfect information and nice pics as well. Through this commend I also wish you a happy new year. May 2004 bring some dreams come true! Greetings, Paul

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2003 at 9:48 AM

    Hans, this is a touching and important page! I'm glad that I've come upon it. Thanks for honoring these brave people!


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