Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway

General information

Last known residence:
Mazenod, Saskatchewan, Canada

Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
 —  Canadian Infantry, 46th Bn. (South Saskatchewan)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Tyne Cottage, Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Panel: Panel 28T

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#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

Niels Helseth, a former farmer, was born on the 2nd of march 1890 in Vest-Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. The was the son of Svend and Ane Helseth, of Steinsgrenda, Christiansund, Norway. On November 17th, 1916, he enlisted at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Niels served as a private 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 attacked with the 46th Battalion Canadian Infantry north of the Ypres Roulers Railway. The jumping off line was situated in the line Heine House, Hillside Farm and Ypres Roulers Railway. They consolidated most of their objective under heave enemy shelling, including mopping up Decline Copse. The 46th battalion was eventually driven back due to German counter attacks and established a new frontline closer to their jumping off line. Of the 420 men of the 46th Battalion who were on the start line at zero hour, around 70% became casualties.

Niels Helseth aged 27, was killed in action on 26 October 1917. He was killed whilst in the Tump Line during the attack. Private Helseth was initially buried near Tyne Cottage at 28.D.16.b.90.30. His remains were not recovered or identified after the war. Niels Helseth has no known grave and is remembered on panel 28T of the Menin Gate Memorial.

Files 1

Sources 5

Circumstances of death Register file of Helseth, Niels. Library and Archives Canada, RG150, 1992-93/314, 191, Volume 31829_B016745, Microform 47, 337-338.
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McCarthy, Chris. Passchendaele: the Day-by-Day Account. (Londen: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), 145-146.
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Personnel Record of Helseth, Niels. Library and Archives Canada, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4241 - 2, 461816.
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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.
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War Diary of the 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion, October 1917. Library and Archives Canada, RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4939, Microfilm reel number: T-10745--T-10746, File number: 437.
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