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Douwe Fredrik Puncke

Information about birth

Date of birth:
30/06/1880
Place of birth:
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

General information

Profession:
Farmer
Religion:
Lutheran

Army information

Country:
Canada
Force:
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
447828
Enlistment date:
04/11/1915
Enlistment place:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Units:
 —  Canadian Infantry, 50th Bn. (Calgary)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
26/10/1917
Place of death:
Heine House, Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
37

Memorial

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Panel: Panel 30F

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

Douwe Fredrik Puncke, former farmer, was born on 30 June 1880 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland. He married Johanna Ter Beek and had one child. On 4 November 1916, he reported in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Douwe served as a soldier in the 46th Battalion Canadian Infantry, part of the 10th Canadian Brigade, of the 4th Canadian Division.

On 26 October he took part in the Second Battle of Passchendaele. The 10th Canadian Brigade, together with the 46th Battalion Canadian Infantry, attacked north of the Ypres-Roulers railway line. The start line was in the line of Heine House, Hillside Farm and the Ypres-Roulers railway line. They consolidated most of their objective under heavy enemy fire, including the elimination of resistance at Decline Copse. The 46th Battalion were eventually driven back by German counter-attacks and established a new front line closer to their starting line. Of the 420 men of the 46th Battalion who were on the start line at zero hour, about 70% were casualties.

Douwe Fredrik Puncke, 37 years old, was killed in action on 26 October 1917. Private Puncke was initially buried at Heine House on 28.D.11.c.80.30. His remains were not recovered or identified after the war. Douwe Fredrik Puncke has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 30F of the Menin Gate Memorial.

Files 1

Sources 5

Circumstances of death Register file of Puncke, Douwe Fredrik. Library and Archives Canada, RG150, 1992-93/314, 191, Volume 31829_B016745, Microform 47, 1375-1376.
https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/circumstances-death-registers/Pages/item.aspx?PageID=79967
Sources used
McCarthy, Chris. Passchendaele: the Day-by-Day Account. (Londen: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), 145-146.
Sources used
Personnel Record of Puncke, Douwe Fredrik. Library and Archives Canada, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8021 - 1, 584118.
https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=584118
Sources used
War Diary of the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade, October 1917. Library and Archives Canada, RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4902, Microfilm reel number: T-10694, File number: 308.
https://recherche-collection-search.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/home/record?app=fonandcol&IdNumber=1883182
Sources used
War Diary of the 50th Battalion Canadian Infantry, October 1917. Library and Archives Canada, RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4941, Microfilm reel number: T-10747--T-10748, File number: 441.
https://recherche-collection-search.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/home/record?app=fonandcol&IdNumber=1883262
Sources used

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