Veteran's last wish honoured with interment in Almelo

Last resting place declared historical monument by the Lord Mayor of Almelo February 2004

This special service took place on May 14th 2003 in Almelo.

Corresponding with his last will, the urn with the ashes of WILLIAM ALLISON SPENCER from Dartmouth
was placed in the urn-wall of the Public Cemetery in Almelo.

William Allison Spencer was a veteran from WWII, serving his country in the Netherlands
as well as in Belgium and France in the rank of Lance-Sergeant.

Clipping from "The Maple Leave"

In 1990 he returned to the Netherlands to take part in the hosting program of Welcome Again Veterans.
He was hosted in Almelo. Since then he returned to Almelo almost every year.
He felt at home in this Dutch city and with his hosts.
William Allison Spencer died on December 5th 2002.

The "Headstone" designed by Hermann Hinsenveld and made by local stonemason Lamers
was donated by Lamers they said it was an honour to present this gift,
"it's the least we can do after what they did for us"
was their comment when Mr. and Mrs. Eisener visited the stonemason.
Lamers, Grintweg 4, 7604 PV Almelo.

The sober but impressive ceremony was organized by the local Committee Welcome Again Veterans Almelo,
about 75 people were involved in the May 14 service,  

including officials from the Canadian Embassy and Royal Canadian Legion

"Saying the act of remembrance"

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


Lifetime friends David and Nancy Eisener, the host family Hinsenveld and the Lord Mayor of Almelo, 

The pipe-music was provided by 4 members of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles of Deventer.

Pictures and Text 2000 - 2004 The Hins - Pictures Welcome Again Veterans Committee Almelo