Welly Arsenault is one of the three Canadians who lost their lives during the liberation of Zwolle, on April 14 1945. Of these three Arsenault is the most known because he joined Leo Major during his reconnaissance to the centre of Zwolle. Both Arsenault and Major were part of the Regiment de la Chaudière.
The other two killed soldiers are Thomas Thomas and Alex Serediak.
In 1995 Leo Major told in the Zwols Historisch Tijdschrift (Historical magazine Zwolle) how Welly was killed by German machinegun fire. Welly and he would voluntary explore in Zwolle. Their goal was to determine whether there were still enemy combatants in the city. Welly and Leo left half past nine in the evening for their nocturnal endeavour. When they crossed the railway line near Zalné (Heinoseweg) things went terribly wrong.
Major: "Shortly after eleven I crossed the railway line and lay down some distance away next to the road. Willy (sic) (see below for clarification) tried to do the same, he crossed the railroad to reunite with me, but some sounds were made by the grenades he carried, that is when the Germans opened up with a hail of bullets. I instantly knew he was dead."
Welly’s remains were transported to Almen (between Zutphen and Lochem) where he was temporarily buried. His last resting place would be the Canadian Was Cemetery in Holten.
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