SUR LAIZE CANADIAN
|Canadian - 2,782
British - 80
Australian - 4
New Zealand - 1
French - 1
Unidentified - 87
HISTORICAL INFORMATION: For the most part, those
buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery died during the later
stages of the fighting in Normandy, including the capture of Caen and the thrust
southwardsto Falaise - an advance led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st
Polish Armoured Divisions - to close the Falaise Gap. The burials here include
men from almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps, with casualties from late July
and August 1944 dominating the burials. Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War
Cemetery contains 2,957 Second World War burials, the majority Canadian, and 87
of them unidentified.
LOCATION: The cemetery lies on the west side of
the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) about 14 kilometres south of
Caen and just north of the village of Cintheaux. The village of Bretteville lies
3 kilometres south-west of the cemetery, which is reached by a minor road which
runs paralell with the N158. It is well signposted, and there is a large parking
area outside the cemetery.
Belgian soldier serving with the Canadians:
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Killed 27th August 1944, aged 27.
Inscription on his headstone reads: 'Descendant de race Belge'.
Several Americans serving with Canadian units:
North Shore Regiment
Killed 10th August 1944, aged 20.
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
Killed 8th August 1944, aged 25.
Large number of Black Watch of Canada, killed on the Verričres Ridge, including:
Killed 5th August 1944, aged 30.
Killed 5th August 1944, age 27.
Seperate British plot in Plot 22 (XXII), which includes:
Killed 14th August 1944, aged 17.
Royal Tank Regiment
Killed 8th August 1944, aged 51.
- A veteran of WW1.
ŠPaul Reed 2002-2006