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Name: Harold Melvin Sears Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C. Service No: F/45664 Rank: Private Date of Birth: April 7, 1918 Place of Birth: Port Maitland, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: February 14, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Dartmouth, NS Address at Enlistment: Port Maitland, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet 3 ½ inches Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Rhoda Sears (Mother) East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS. Date of Death: February 17, 1945 Age at Death: 26 Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery (Gelderland, Netherlands) Grave Reference: XX. F. 13. The 101st name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 562 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 24 Harold was the son of Joseph and Rhoda Sears, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. On February 8, 1941 he completed basic training at Camp 60, Yarmouth, NS. He completed advanced training at A-14 CITC and Part II training as a Rifleman on May 12, 1944. In July, 1944 he completed a two week basic refresher course. Private Sears arrived in France July 25, 1944 and was wounded by a shell fragment to the right leg on August 12, 1944 and transferred to the UK. Once recovered he was reassigned to active service on November 11, 1944. He died of a shrapnel wound to the abdomen on February 16, 1945 while fighting in Germany. Sources and Information: Veterans Affairs Canada
Harold Melvin Sears