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Hodder, Murray Albert (Engels)

  • Born 24-06-1916 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • Deceased 06-05-1945 in Ootmarsum – 28 years.
  • Parents Jeremiah and Ellen Hodder nee Hillier from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Canadian sapper in the Royal Canadian Engineers, 10 Field Squadron – Service nr. F/66576

Murray grew up in North Sydney in a family of eight children, six daughters and two sons. His father was a railway worker. Murray was a plumber.

He came into service in August 1942 at the Royal Canadian Engineers. In March 1943 he went overseas and in Februar 1945 he moved from Italy to France.

Murray was seriously injured at his shoulder on 2 May 1945 at the Battle of Delfzijl. 88 civilians and 102 Canadian soldiers were killed in this battle. Murray was transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital in Ootmarsum, where he died after a few days.

Temporary grave at the Kuiperberg Ootmarsum until April 1946.

Buried: Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, box X, row G no.10.

Awarded with the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the France-Germany Star.

Text on grave: ‘There is a mother who misses you sadly and finds the time long since you went.’

His brother Jacob George joined the Navy. He died on 03-12-1944 when their ship ‘SS Cornwallis’ in Barbados was torpedoed by a German submarine.