Service Details
Name:
SCHOLZ
Given Name:
WILHELM JOSEPH
Initials:
W J
Service No:
580564V
Rank:
Trooper
Other Casualties of this Rank
Regiment:
Natal Mounted Rifles, S.A. Forces
Other Casualties from this Regiment
Former Regiment:
formerly South African Air Force Regiment
Date of Death:
1944-06-06
Other Casualties on this Date
Date of Birth:
1924-03-11
Age:
20
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, at 07h00 hours, the 6th South African Armoured Division entered the streets of Rome. Regimental Headquarters together with B Squadron NMR and a Company of WR/DLR supported by a Troop of Sherman tanks was tasked to clear the roads to Foiano Romano. Contact with the enemy was soon made and the South African force came under intense German Nebelwerfer Rocket fire, 75mm anti-tank fire and were engaged by Mk IV Tiger Tanks. The South African Artillery joined in the fray with heavy shelling of the area. Heavy losses were inflicted on the German force with two Mk IV Tiger Tanks being knocked out, two 75mm anti-tank guns destroyed, a German Machine-gun nest wiped out and a building providing cover for the enemy forces was destroyed. One Sherman tank and a Stuart Honey tank were hit and abandoned but were later recovered by advancing South African Forces. The NMR lost four men killed in this action including Trooper Scholz
Additional
Information:
Son of Joseph and Hedwig C. Scholz, of Rhodes Street, East London, Cape Province, South Africa. Educated Dale College, King William's Town, he enlisted straight from school.
Commemoration
Country:
Italy
Other Casualties commemorated in Italy
Cemetery:
BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY
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Grave Reference:
II, G, 13.

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