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Hollis Leslie McKeil

In memory of:

Private Hollis Leslie McKeil

June 7, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


December 1, 1910
Lower Selma, Nova Scotia


June 14, 1940
Amherst, Nova Scotia

Son of Daniel and Ada McKeil of Lower Selma, Nova Scotia. Husband of Violet Audrey Jean McKeil, of Truro, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 388 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Calvados, France

Grave Reference:

II. D. 1.


Leave Bayeux on the D12 to the east; at the village of Sommervieu carry straight on, following the D112, and after 3 kilometres turn right on to the D87. After climbing round a bend to the left, the cemetery will be found on the left hand side.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Hollis McKeil, his father Danial and brothers Rexford, Ralph and Homer. Probably the last time they were together. 

On June 7th & 8th 1944, Hollis McKeil and 19 others were murdered after being taken prisoner in what is know as the Ardenne Abbey Massacre
  • Grave Marker– Grave in Ryes Cemetery July 2003
  • Photo 2 of Grave Marker– Grave in Ryes Cemetery July 2003
  • In Remembrance– From left to right:
Hugh Allen MacDonald (North Nova Scotia Highlanders), George Millar (North Nova Scotia Highlanders), George MacNaughton (North Nova Scotia Highlanders), Harold Philp (Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment), George Gill, (Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment), Freddie Williams (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders), Walter Doherty (North Nova Scotia Highlanders), George Pollard (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders), Hollis McKeil (North Nova Scotia Highlanders), Reginald Keeping (North Nova Scotia Highlanders) and James Moss (North Nova Scotia Highlanders).
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • 37 Canadians Place– The town of Authie, France honoured 37 Canadian soldiers by naming a street after them.  The young Canadians, mostly from the Maritimes, were part of the D-Day invasion and were killed while trying to liberate the town from the Germans.
  • Plaque
  • Photo 2 of 37 Canadians Place
  • Plaque– Memorial to those executed in the garden at Abbeye

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