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Donald George Innes

In memory of:

Captain Donald George Innes

April 21, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Artillery

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


September 13, 1921
Toronto, Ontario


May 8, 1942
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Joseph and Beryl Innes, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 527 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:

III. G. 13.


Holten is a village 20 kilometres east of the town of Deventer, on the main A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany. Following the A1 motorway, turn off at exit 26 and follow the N332 in the direction of Holten. Follow the N332 until reaching a signpost for Holterberg. Turn right onto the N344 in the direction of Holten, then at the T junction turn left towards Holten and follow this road to the roundabout. Take second exit then turn first right towards Holterberg. Follow this road uphill until you see a green Commission sign pointing to the right. Turn right down the track and follow to the end. Turn left and the cemetery lies along here on the left hand side.

Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. The great majority of those buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery died during the last stages of the war in Holland, during the advance of the Canadian 2nd Corps into northern Germany, and across the Ems in April and the first days of May 1945. After the end of hostilities the remains of over 1,300 Canadian soldiers were brought together into this cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Biography– Entry from Torontonensis, University of Toronto's yearbook, 1943, describes Innes' interests and activities.
  • Memorial Plaque– This outdoor plaque is located at the “Old Vic” building, part of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. The decorative motif at the top shows the Victoria University crest, with motto in Latin: “ABEUNT STUDIA IN MORES”. The plaque is inscribed: “THEY WERE VALIANT IN LIFE TRIUMPHANT IN DEATH. ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE STUDENTS OF THIS COLLEGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1939-1945. THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND DEDICATED OCTOBER 13TH, 1953”. There are 79 names inscribed in bas relief.  Photo:  Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations, University of Toronto.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Don Innes– Captain Don Innes undated, studio portrait.
  • Photo of Donald G. Innes– In Front of a haystack in Christmas 1943.
  • Photo of Captain Don Innes– Captain Don Innes (right) with another soldier named "Ludwig" in Christmas 1943
  • Photo of Donald George Innes
  • Covering Letter
  • Military Cross Citation
  • Holten Canadian War Cemetery (2)
  • Holten Canadian War Cemetery (1)
  • Holten Canadian War Cemetery (3)
  • Grave Marker
  • Grave Marker

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