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Ackerman, Harold Albert
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Died: Apr 11,1945

Commemorated at
Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Holland

Harold Albert Ackerman, born May 17, 1925 on the family farm south of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, completed his education in the district in 1941. Single, Ackerman worked as a farm labourer on his family’s quarter section before enlisting at Winnipeg, Manitoba February 7, 1944. Overseas in October 1944, Ackerman served with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps attached to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles (Hosti Acie Nominati) as a Rifleman during the Second World War. Landing in Northwest Europe in November 1944 with the 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, the battalion fought in the Battle of the Scheldt in northern Belgium and throughout southwestern Netherlands. Dangerously wounded after coming under attack during the Battle of the Rhine and the capture of Deventer, Rifleman Harold Albert Ackerman died at No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on April 11, 1945. Ackerman is commemorated on the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands. Eldest son of Harold and Violet Edith (nee Joyce) Ackerman of Portage la Prairie; brother of Private William Jack Ackerman (RCIC); he was 19 years old. Ackerman Lake, southwest of Nueltin Lake, Manitoba, is named in his honour. Citation(s):1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, 'For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’”