Qualified Motorcyclist on January 8, 1941.
Overseas as No. 9 Canadian Provost Corps.
Transfer from Canadian Provost Corps to Royal Canadian Army Service Corps on October 20, 1943.
Qualified as Motorcycle Rider, RCASC on January 24, 1944.
Assigned to 36 Tps Comp coy, RCASC on February 16, 1944.
Died in motorcycle accident. Intracranial Hemorrhage due to a fracture involving the base of the skull.
I am T/14245197 Driver Davey, J. 290 First Corps Tps Comp Coy, Royal Army Service Corps (UK). At Approximately 2105 hrs, 3 Oct '44, I was driving WD vehicle L-5434310, Ford 3 Ton GS, proceeding towards Gent, Belgium, when at MR 095739 (Emiel Clauslaan, between Deinze and Gent, Belgium) I saw an object lying on the road. I applied my brakes and swerved to the centre of the road, missing the object and brining my vehicle to a halt on the verge about 15/20 feet beyond the object. I dismounted in company with T/5671009 Corporal Tanner, R. of my own unit, who was riding in the spare seat and went back to find the object was a soldier. Before we were able to touch him, a jeep arrived containing a Corporal and 2 Lance Corporals of the Canadian Provost Corps. At the request of the Provost Corporal I gave him my service number, rank, name and unit.
I am A/56074 Corporal Beecroft, C.E. 11 Canadian Provost Corps. At approximately 2105 hrs 3 Okt '44, I was on patrol on the Gent/Deinze, Belgium road when I came on the scene of an accident. I immediately stopped and went over to a soldier lying on the road and took his pulse. It was still beating. I rushed in my jeep for a stretcher and left my two Lance Corporals to investigate the vehicles and do traffic duty. I returned with the stretcher and took the injured man to the nearest Medical Officer, that being Major Fletcher, First Canadian Army Main H.Q. I arrived at approximately 2130 hrs. On my arrival Major Fletcher examined the soldier and pronounced him dead. I returned to the scene o the accident and found my Lance Corporals had completed their investigation. The motorcycle of the deceased was taken back to our own unit H.Q. by one of my Lance Corporals. On arrival at my unit I reported the accident and requested the soldier's unit to be notified. The body was identified from the soldier's pay-book as H/59029 Private Thorkelsson, H. of 36 Cdn A Tps Comp Coy, RCASC.
At the scene the soldier was lying on the road on his stomach, with his left cheek on the road, his left foot towards the centre of the road and his right arm pointed towards the curb. The head towards Gent, Belgium and about 15 to 20 feet behind a lorry. I noticed the soldier had a bandage on his head, the ends of which could be seen under the crash helmet which was still buckled. The tips of the bandage showing, appeared to be civilian type bandage.