Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Lawrence Rivait

In memory of
Lawrence Rivait
November 23, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.
1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information:

June 26, 1921 Windsor, Ontario
September 16, 1940 Windsor, Ontario

Son of Homer and Bernadette Rivait (1964 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Windsor, Ontario. Husband of Joan Hilda (nee Jarrett) Rivait. Father of Anthony Lawrence of Windsor, Ontario.

Brother of Raymond, Edouard, Alfred, Albert, Alvin, Rosina, Aurore, Odile, Olive and Jeannette.

His brothers, Alphonse and Leon were killed in action during the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942.

Commemorated on Page 428 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
II. E. 16.
Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping – Image source: The Windsor Daily Star - Dec 5, 1944
  • Newspaper Clipping – Image source: The Windsor Daily Star - Dec 5, 1944
  • Photo of Lawrence Rivait – Uncle Lawrence
  • Photo of Lawrence Rivait – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

From a World War 11 scrapbook that the Diocese of London found in 2007 when it was preparing to close Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Windsor, Ont. The scrapbook has been preserved in the diocesan archives. Because it’s too fragile for physical handling or public display the diocesan archivist has digitized the entire scrapbook.

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