William Henry Balch - British/Canadian WWII Casualty

William Henry Balch (Mar. 25, 1907 - Feb. 19, 1945) was born in Batcombe, Somerset, England to Edney George and Lillian Balch [3]. Little information is available about William's life prior to his emigration to Hornby, Ontario, Canada in about 1924. Living in Canada until the outbreak of World War II William would enlist in the Essex Scottish Regiment. R.C.I.C. on September 5, 1939. On July 22, 1941 William arrived back in England and was eventually deployed to mainland Europe to wage war against the Germans.

Ultimately William was a casualty of World War II. Fighting, in the vicinity of the Netherlands, William was killed on February 19, 1945 at the age of 37. William was posthumously awarded various awards; the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, the 1939-45 Star, and the France and Germany Defense Medal Star. William was buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery - located in the Netherlands - in Grave 4, Row C, Plot 9 (grave shown in the photo).


Primary Sources/Links:

Canada at War: William Henry Balch [1]

Flickr: Balch, William Henry (Image) [2]

Ontario Veteran Community Archive: William Henry Balch [3]

Wikipedia: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery [4]

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