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Harry Knight Eaton

In memory of:

Captain Harry Knight Eaton

June 17, 1944

Military Service






Royal Canadian Army Service Corps


Member of the British Empire, EATON, Harry Knight, Captain - Member, Order of the British Empire - Service Corps (No.5 Transport Platoon, 9 Canadian Infantry Brigade) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 23 December 1944 "This officer has been in command of the Main Assault Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Platoon since last November. He brought ashore about as finely a trained platoon as it is possible to make. On landing and immediately after he lost nine men and three vehicles through no fault of his own. The brunt of the manual Army Service Corps work of 3 Canadian Infantry Division fell on his shoulders in the assault and his platoon has never been found wanting. They have zealously kept up their anti-aircraft defences and their Brens have been credited with shooting down one Junkers 88 in the neighbourhood of Beny-sur-Mer. This officer is considered well worthy of recognition."

Honours and Awards:

Member of the Order of the British Empire

Additional Information


November 13, 1921
Calgary, Alberta


June 12, 1940
Victoria, British Columbia

Son of George H. Eaton, and of Florence Eaton, of Kimberley, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 298 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

IV. B. 6.


Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is about 1 kilometre east of the village of Reviers, on the Creully-Tailleville-Ouistreham road (D.35). Reviers is a village and commune in the Department of the Calvados. It is located 15 kilometres north-west of Caen and 18 kilometres east of Bayeux and 3.5 kilometres south of Courseulles, a village on the sea coast. The village of Beny-sur-Mer is some 2 kilometres south-east of the cemetery. The bus service between Caen and Arromanches (via Reviers and Ver-sur-Mer) passes the cemetery.

It was on the coast just to the north that the 3rd Canadian Division landed on 6th June 1944; on that day, 335 officers and men of that division were killed in action or died of wounds. In this cemetery are the graves of Canadians who gave their lives in the landings in Normandy and in the earlier stages of the subsequent campaign. Canadians who died during the final stages of the fighting in Normandy are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

There are a total of 2,048 burials in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. There is also one special memorial erected to a soldier of the Canadian Infantry Corps who is known to have been buried in this cemetery, but the exact site of whose grave could not be located.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Grave Marker– Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Stone of Remembrance - Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Entrance– Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Harry Knight Eaton
  • Grave Marker– Photo Courtesy of Bruce MacFarlane
  • Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery– The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. (J. Stephens)

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