Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Herkis Jessiman

In memory of
Flying Officer
William Herkis Jessiman
January 3, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/10390
Age:
28
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
400 Sqdn.
Honours and Awards:
Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information:

Son of James and Margaret Jessiman, of Vickers Heights, Ontario. Brother of George Herkis Jessiman, 428th Squadron killed in action the 20 December 1943.

Commemorated on Page 345 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:
XXIV. E. 7.
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.

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