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Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Anthony, Edmond McLellan April 24, 1945 (Private) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. Armstrong, Howard Woodlow September 5, 1945 (Trooper) Fort Garry Horse, RCAC, 10th Armored Regiment Arseneault, Emile Joseph April 24, 1945 (Private) North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Baker, Harris L May 8, 1945 (Private) Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Beaton, Douglas Angus April 4, 1945 (Private) Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, RCIC Beaton, John Angus January 27, 1946 (Private) 23rd Infantry Division Transport Company, RCASC Bellefontaine, Lawrence Frederick April 10, 1945 (Guardsman) Governor General's Foot Guards, R.C.A.C. Bickle, Frederick April 4, 1945 (Corporal) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Bond, Carl Rufus April 19, 1945 (Private) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Boudreau, Richard Joseph April 23, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Boutilier, Burnham Edward June 21, 1945 (Sapper) Royal Canadian Engineers Boyd, Alexander April 17, 1945 (Private) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. Brown, Ernest Macpherson May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Brown, Michael Peter April 5, 1945 (Corporal) Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada Brown,William Eben April 23, 1945 (Guardsman) Canadian Grenadier Guards, R.C.A.C. Buchanan, George Allan April 10, 1945 (Gunner) 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Buchanan, Kenneth Purdy May 6, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Burke, Abraham Bernard April 26, 1945 (Private) 86th Bridge Company,Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Callin, William Edward July 4, 1945 (Gunner) 5th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Carr, William Borden April 16, 1945 (Trooper) 29th Armored Rec. Regiment, South Alberta Regiment, RCAC Cavanagh, Peter Allister April 6, 1945 (Private) North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Clark, Lorimer G. April 28, 1945 (Sapper) Royal Canadian Engineers Colford, Lorne Mart April 14, 1945 (Private) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Comeau, Joseph Ambroise April 28, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Comeau, Joseph Denis April 9, 1945 (Private) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Creelman, James Iverson April 18, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Crook, Franklin Joseph April 14, 1945 (Private) West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C. Cross, Richard Earl October 27, 1945 (Lance Corporal) Canadian Forestry Corps, 28th Company Cunningham, Belton La Forrest April 4, 1945 (Lance Corporal) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Dash, Karl Evans July 8, 1945 (Sapper) Royal Canadian Engineers Davis, William George March 30, 1945 (Flight Lieutenant) 439 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force Earle, Thomas Irvine April 8, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Farrow, Douglas Bernard April 26, 1945 (Corporal) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. Fife, Donald Mayford April 7, 1945 (Sergeant) 2nd Provost Company, Canadian Provost Corps Fougere, Joseph Gerald April 26, 1945 (Private) Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C. French, Cecil Harold April 14, 1945 (Private) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Gionet, Armand April 5, 1945 (Private) Le Regiment de Maisonneuve, R.C.I.C. Grant, William Howard April 13, 1945 (Private) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Hamilton, Merle Vincent April 19, 1945 (Trooper) 12th Manitoba Dragoons, R.C.A.C. Hartling, Everett Emmerson April 8, 1945 (Private) Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C. Harvey, Robert Cecil April 22, 1945 (Trooper) British Columbia Regiment, R.C.A.C. Higgins, Percy Dexter April 7, 1945 (Lieutenant) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Hill, Edwin May 4, 1945 (Quartermaster Sgt.) R. Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Hodder, Murray Albert May 6, 1945 (Sapper) Royal Canadian Engineers Hubbard, Paul Henry April 18, 1945 (Lance Corporal) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. Hubley, Claude Pearley April 25, 1945 (Private) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Hyson, Ronald Victor April 16, 1945 (Private) 48th Highlanders of Canada Johnson, Gordon Frederick April 8, 1945 (Sergeant) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Johnson, Lorimer Lee April 21, 1945 (Private) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Jury, Douglas August 17, 1945 (Sapper) Royal Canadian Engineers Kenney, Harold Archibald April 13, 1945 (Corporal) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Leslie, Logan Elwood April 9, 1945 (Private) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C Langille, Ira Charles April 28, 1945 (Private) Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Long, Philip Hubert April 30, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Lucas, Lawrence Edward April 23, 1945 (Private) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. MacDonald, Arthur Edison April 27, 1945 (Private) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. MacInnis, James Bernard May 1, 1945 (Corporal) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C MacKenzie, Donald Charles April 22, 1945 (Lieutenant) Royal Winnipeg Rifles MacLean, Gus May 1, 1945 (Corporal) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C. MacLean, Neil Roderick May 12, 1945 (Private) Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C. MacLean, Richard May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C. MacLennan, Colin Robinson April 23, 1945 (Private) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada MacLeod, Joseph Taylor April 13, 1945 (Sergeant) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Marsh, Lewis Wilkieson April 28, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Marshall, Olen Byron May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Matheson, William Hector September 4, 1945 (Lance Corporal) The Canadian Provost Corps McCaul, William Alexander May 2, 1945 (Private) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada McKinnon, John Charles April 5, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C McLellan, Hector Daniel May 1, 1945 (Sergeant) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Michaud, Mathieu April 8, 1945 (Private) Le Regiment de la Chaudiere, R.C.I.C. Mills, Richard Bruce April 26, 1945 (Gunner) 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Mombourquette, Frank May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Morrison, Donald May 4, 1945 (Corporal) 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, R.C.A.C. Mosher, Sydney Guy April 24, 1945 (Corporal) North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Moulins, Joseph Paul April 21, 1945 (Gunner) 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Muirhead, Howard Hector April 5, 1945 (Private) The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada Mulcahy, Francis Leslie April 24, 1945 (Private) North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Munroe, Frank Eugene April 28, 1945 (Private) Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Murphy, James Gordon April 12, 1945 (Private) West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C. Murray, Lloyd William April 28, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Murray, John James April 5, 1945 (Sergeant) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Murray, James Gordon April 7, 1945 (Lieutenant) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Nearing, Joseph Aloysius May 28, 1945 (Private) Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Nicholson, William Allen May 12, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Nunn, Basil Andrew May 1, 1945 (Lieutenant) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C O'Handley, Aloysius Joseph May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C O'Neil, Edward Henry April 28, 1945 (Private) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. Pape, John Charles April 7, 1945 (Lieutenant) 7th Parachute Regiment Parker, William Frederick May 2, 1945 (Trooper) 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, R.C.A.C. Pearo, Daniel May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Penny, Vincent May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Poirier, George July 14, 1945 (Private) 1st Salvage Unit, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Poulin, Joseph Olivier Bernard April 7, 1945 (Private) Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, R.C.I.C. Purcell, Arthur Francis April 7, 1945 (Private) South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C. Purchase, Harry Augustus May 2, 1945 (Private) Irish Regiment of Canada, R.C.I.C. Rafuse, Herbert Murray July 6, 1945 (Guardsman) Canadian Grenadier Guards, R.C.A.C. Raney, Richard Joseph April 8, 1945 (Private) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C Richard, Edmund Sylvester April 5, 1945 (Trooper) British Columbia Regiment, R.C.A.C. Richard, Louis Graham April 26, 1945 (Trooper) British Columbia Dragoons, R.C.A.C. Ringer, Brenton Leroy April 12, 1945 (Trooper) North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Robicheau, Joseph Edmond April 14, 1945 (Private) Royal 22e Regiment, R.C.I.C. Robicheau, Percy James April 5, 1945 (Lance Corporal) North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Rogers, Frederick Erven May 9, 1945 (Signalman) Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Sabean, Harold Gordon April 15, 1945 (Sergeant) Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C. Sampson, Edmund April 24, 1945 (Private) North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Smith, Edgar Douglas April 28, 1945 (Private) Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Smith, Frederick Isiah April 7, 1945 (Rifleman) Royal Winnipeg Rifles Smith, Horace Mansley April 23, 1945 (Private) Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C. Smith, Ronald Eugene April 14, 1945 (Private) West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C. Spidle, Ford Hilton May 1, 1945 (Private) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C Stafford, Charles Bernard April 18, 1945 (Private) Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps Symington, James Alexander May 6, 1945 (Captain) Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Thomas, Robert Bernard May 5, 1945 (Lance Corporal) Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Toney, Leo Francis April 7, 1945 (Private) South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C. Vardig, Frank Pete June 12, 1945 (Private) Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C. Winsa, Gustof Evald April 10, 1945 (Private) Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C. Wood, Gordon Scarth April 21, 1945 (Corporal) Canadian Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Nova Scotian Casualties of WWII buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands. (names link to additional information)
Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands
Each Christmas Eve the school children from the town of Deventer, in the Netherlands light candles and place them on the graves in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery. 2019 marks the 28th year of this remembrance initiative. As the daylight fades, the entrance gates are open for the arrival of the children, each carrying a lighted candle. Footsteps pass between the grave markers and each child quietly moves throughout the vast cemetery to place a glowing candle before a grave. Before long, the landscape glows in a brilliant golden hue across the ground and reflects upward on the names of the one thousand three hundred and forty-seven Canadians, the thirty-two British, the two Australians, and the one Belgian, who rest here. Among these are the gravestones of one hundred and seventeen casualties with connections to Nova Scotia.