A story of courage
Bussum – Holland 19th August 2019
Hello Jane, I have about finished the family-tree Sulkers in honour of your father and published it on internet a couple of days ago., my best friend ever ! As you may remember your father and I searched for the grave of his aunt Adriana and visited Canadian wargraves. We met in Holland several times, the last time being the moment (august 2003) when finally I found the grave of Adriana in 2003. You may see the tree via the following link:
I would love to come into contact with you and brother Neil as I am planning to visit the grave of father Herm in due time.
Roelf Schrik – Bussum – Holland
I am working on a book about the Allied Chaplains killed in NW Europe in World War 2. Revd Joseph RAR Dalcourt was one of them. He died on February 28, 1945. I have lots of information about his military service and his death, but have very little about his life before entering the Canadian Chaplains Service. I do know he was ordained a priest in Trois-Rivieres in July 1937 and served in the parish of the Holy Sacrament in that community. However, beyond his parents, and siblings names, I have not been able to locate anything else. Can you tell me anything about his growing, up, schools attended, call to ordained ministry etc? Many thanks for your help.
Revd Dr Tom Wilson.
I had written about Chaplain Dalcourt on Souvenirs de guerre, the French version of Lest We Forget in 2014 following an email exchange with Mario Allard. He had this picture.
Collection Mario Allard
8 March 1945…
Collection Mario Allard
Mario had other information, but he wanted to get the family’s approval before I mentioned it. He never came back to me.
On the other hand, a reader had sent me this.
I had been curious and asked her the date of his death.
The Battle of Hollen took place on February 26, 1945. He died the next day, February 27, according to the GESTE DU RÉGIMENT DE LA CHAUDIÈRE, written by the MAJORS ARMAND ROSS AND MICHEL GAUVIN and written before September 3, 1945.
On the Canadian Virtual War Memorial site we find the following….
In memory of the
Joseph Rémi Archibald Dalcourt
died on February 28, 1945
Unit: Canadian Chaplaincy Service
GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CIMETIERE, Netherlands
Information about the burial:
IX. E. 14.
A reader sent me this testimony….
Even though the fighting was still raging, the chaplains had the sad mandate to bury the dead with full military honours. Even then, the activity seemed confusing, with Honorary Major C.W. McCarney of the 3rd Division complaining that too many chaplains were in the cemeteries while the wounded continued to flock to the hospitals. But this was a simple administrative matter, which was promptly resolved. Other situations were more personal, more delicate.
On February 28, “the sad news of the death of Father Dalcourt was heard at 1:00 p. m. As he was collecting the fallen men, the vehicle in which he was standing struck a mine laid by the enemy. The chaplain and his driver died instantly.”
Source (page 21)
Further reading suggested by my reader,
On page 20, we talk about Charles Forbes….
And this, when I won’t know what to read anymore…
We are a group interested in local history, which is active in Norway (Bremangerland). In the final phase of the Second World War 8 Beaufighter aircraft of the 455th Sqdn. (Dallachy Strike Wing) on 8.3.1945 at 16.20 attacked six ships at Vindspollen (Bremangerland, Norway). I have found some information of the Danish ferry MS Heimdal on your site, maybe perhaps you can help me with further information:
Where the ships came from – destination of the ships?
Especially we would be interested to know more about what freight the Heimdal had on board. It is reported to us that 800 – 900 German soldiers were on board, other sources say that the ship had prisoners of war on board. It should also have given only one survivor of the attack.
We would be very happy if you could help us. If you are unable to do so, we would be grateful to refer you to an institution that could possibly help us.
Thank you very much for your interest!
Sincerely, from Norway