Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Kenneth Macalister

In memory of
John Kenneth Macalister
September 14, 1944
Buchenwald, Germany

Military Service:

Service Number:
Intelligence Corps
2 Intelligence Company

Additional Information:

July 19, 1914 Guelph, Ontario

Son of Alexander and Celestine MacAlister; husband of Jeannine MacAlister, of Paris, France. Captain MacAlister, an alumni of the University of Toronto was honoured on September 15, 2004 at a wreath-laying at a small garden dedicated to him and his fellow Special Operations Executive agent, Captain Frank Pickersgill at the foot of the University's Soldiers Tower. The ceremony was attended by members of the 2 Intelligence Company, the Toronto-based reserve army intelligence unit, along with veterans and University of Toronto officials.

Commemorated on Page 370 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL ; Surrey, United Kingdom
Grave Reference:
Panel 21 Column 1.
The Brookwood Memorial stands in the large Brookwood Military Cemetery, which forms part of the London Necropolis at Brookwood, west of Woking, about 48 kilometres from London. The garden in which the Memorial stands is at the south end of the Canadian Section (Second World War) located on the far side of St. Lawrence Avenue, the highway leading in from the main entrance on the Pirbright road. The memorial commemorates 3,475 men and women of the land forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who died during the Second World War and whose names could not appropriately be recorded on any of the campaign memorials in the different theatres of war. There are names of men and women who served as special agents and died as prisoners or while working with Allied underground movements. A few of the names on the memorial commemorate those whose bodies were never recovered or those graves which could not, for some other reason, be marked and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The names of over 200 Canadians are remembered on the Brookwood Memorial. Some perished in ships that were sunken in waters outside the territorial limits of any major campaign; some were lost overboard; some died from various causes on hospital ships or troop transports and were given burial at sea. Also commemorated are those who died during the campaign in Norway in 1940, and in raids on enemy-occupied territory in Europe, including the costly operation against Dieppe in August 1942.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Brookwood Memorial
  • Photo of John MacAlister – "AT THE TOP OF THE J.K. MACALISTER FILE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF Toronto Archives is a clipping from an April 1945 edition of the Guelph Mercury - ¿Notification has been received from the British War Office by A.M. Macalister, editor of The Mercury, and Mrs. Macalister¿ of the death of their son Capt. John Kenneth Macalister on September 14, 1944. The parents had been notified previously that their only son had been missing in June.¿
  • Memorial – Memorial Garden University of Toronto Ontario. Plaque inscription - "This garden is in memory of those who gave their lives for peace and freedom. It was originally dedicated to the memory of Captain John Kenneth Macalister (Universit y College BA 1936) and Captain Frank Herbert Dedrick Pickersgill (University College MA 1938)". Garden memorial inspired by Douglas LePan, author verse "Macalister", Dying in Darkness.

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