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Warpula, Eugene Allan (Engels)

  • Born 18-01-1922 in Fort William, Ontario.
  • Deceased 02-05-1945 in Ootmarsum – 23 years.
  • Parents Jacob and Amalia Warpula nee Kunsisto from Mokomon, Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
  • Maried in 1943 with Ethel Rachel Warpula nee Nelson.

Canadian soldier in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, 4th Brigade Infantry Company – Service nr. H/195431

He grew up in Mokomon in a family of eight children. His parents were Finnish immigrants. His father was a carpenter, Eugene was a truck driver.

He came into service in October 1942 with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. In May 1943 he went overseas and in August 1944 he went to France. In the fall of 1944 he got wounded in Belgium and in the spring of 1945 in France. Meanwhile his wife, had a relationship with someone else and asked for a divorce in August 1944.

On April 27, Eugene drove his truck loaded with jerry cans of petrol in a convoy from Borne. In Almelo he got off the road and hit a tree and his truck caught fire. He was transferred with severe burns to the Canadian Military Hospital in Ootmarsum, where he died a few days later.

Temporary grave at the Kuiperberg Ootmarsum until April 1946.

Buried: Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, box X, row G no. 13.

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