PPCLI: It Happend April 18th 1945 in Achterveld Holland

It happend April 18th 1945 in Achterveld Holland.

Ed: We recently received the following:

Dear sir, Concerns the text of Colonel Sydney Frost PPCLI.

‘To commemorate the regiment’s heroic actions in this regard, in 2000 the citizens of Achterveld erected a plaque in honour of the PPCLI’.

I can e-mail you a photo of the plaque in honour if you want.


Wim van Nimwegen

I have a note of an eye witness:

18 april. Again was the night restless. The continued gunfire gives us sleepless hours. We were early on again and many went to the liberators; especially the young people can not restrain their desire, and go to Barneveld, which already was freed last night.‘We’re going to get them’ they say.

Some German patrols are been signaled in the afternoon. Still no Tommies or Canadians. Suddenly, the Canadians as long as expected in the village, surrounded the Church and the Park and took the Germans POW, which prepare their demolition work there.

Still just in time handles our liberators in order to prevent blowing up the church tower. As a film screening was their first action here. Everything went so quick in his work. We were obtained for scare, they were again left with their prisoners. Still very upset about the attack, would clean out the Achtervelders the dangerous explosives and fire lane hidden in the tower.


  • 6339 Philip Bury

    February 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Not mentioned in this text or in the link with Syd Frost’s name above, is the fact that he is venerated in the beautiful mediaeval hilltop town of Ispica, Sicily. As a young lieutenant, he was put in charge of the town and took as his mandate “to bury the dead and feed the living”. After the war he continued as a benefactor of that war-damaged community. There is a monument to his name, and still the locals greet Canadian visitors with stories of his kindness. Google Syd Frost Ispica.

  • Karen Storwick

    April 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    You may be interested in this article I wrote recently with tremendous resource support from Wim Van Nimwegen. There has been some discrepancy with the date of the action. Originally I published the article with the date of the action on April 19th, 1945 due to the fact that the PPCLI war diary mentions the explosives in the church on that entry date. However, there is overwhelming evidence from eyewitness accounts and local histories and diaries the PPCLI did indeed save the church in Achterveld on the 18th of April. Col Frost was sent on leave April 19th, 1945.