Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Spencer Colville

In memory of
Flying Officer
John Spencer Colville
August 18, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/29167
Age:
24
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
440 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Born:
June 21, 1920 Ontario
Enlistment:
June 6, 1942 Toronto, Ontario

Son of Alexander and Annie Josephine Colville (1966 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Bowmanville, Ontario.

Brother of William and Alexander Colville. William died on May 6, 1942 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force and Alexander died on March 16, 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Commemorated on Page 277 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY ; Calvados, France
Grave Reference:
XIX. A. 6.
Location:
This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of John Spencer Colville
  • Newspaper Clipping – Provided by John Stephens
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  • Newspaper Clipping – From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Biography – Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker – From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JOHN SPENCER COLVILLE – Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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