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Searching for James Findlay
Posted by: Sandra Muys Date: August 14, 2001 at 23:19:30
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We are searching for a Canadian named James Findlay, or Findlay, Finley, Findley, Finely, Findaly, etc. who was in World War II in Terneuzen, The Netherlands in September and October 1944.

The details we have are:

Name: James Finley (could be spelt many different ways!)

Age in 1944: about 18 (born about 1926?) I do not have a service number or date of birth.

Army Status: Cook. Was part of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corp. (RCASC). We believe he could have been attached to the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, the 9th Canadian Brigade or maybe the Nova Scotia Highlanders (both these groups were in Terneuzen at this time). Also in the area of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen during September and October 1944 were: The Argyll & Sutherlands Highlanders, The Algonquin Regiment, The Canadian Grenadiers Guards, The Royal Canadian Artillery, and the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. 7th Infantry Brigade. James Findlay could have been a member of any of these, or others.

He was in Terneuzen in 1944, and was at the school on the Grenulaan (which is a street). He was friendly with Mr. Levinus Hamelink who lived next to the school. The son of Mr. Hamelink remembers him and would like to know what happend to him. He cooked for the HMS personnel of the landing crafts who crossed the Westerschelde to liberate Walcheren. The following are his movements as we know them:

1. Came from Gent (Belgium) with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division (possibly the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa).

2. Cooked for all the troops crossing the Westerschelde from Terneuzen (British and Canadian)

3. Then James left with the 3rd Inf. Div. (possibly Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa) to Breskens. Then he came back to Terneuzen to cook for the next troops crossing the Westerscheldt.

I would appreciate it if anyone knows of him, you could please contact me? I have made a website so that everyone can see what I have done to search for him. This has been a 2 year search, so we have done very much to try to find him.

Please email me if you have any suggestions that I can try.

Thank you.

Sandra Muys

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