Pte
William Vangheluwe

Information about birth

Date of birth:
26/08/1892
Place of birth:
West-Vlaanderen, Roeselare, Belgium

General information

last known residence:
SK, Davidson, Canada
Profession:
Blacksmith
Religion:
Methodist

Army information

Country:
Canada
Force:
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
908078
Enlistment date:
11/05/1916
Enlistment place:
SK, Regina, Canada
Units:
 —  Canadian Machine Gun Corps, 16th Coy.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
29/10/1917
Place of death:
Bellevue, Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
25

Memorial

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Panel: Panel 32

Points of interest 4

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

Additional information

William (Willem) Vangheluwe, a blacksmith from Roeselare, Belgium, had probably emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada, just like his brother Cyriel, shortly before the war. In 1916 he enlisted voluntarily. William was assigned to the 16th Canadian Machine Gun Company.

At the end of October 1917, William and his unit supported the infantry at Passchendaele. On 29 October 1917 his company's positions were attacked by German artillery. William, aged 25, was killed and buried near Bellevue, at the end of what is now a grove of trees, less than 10 km from his native town of Roeselare as the crow flies.