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John Alfred Laurie

In memory of:

Lieutenant John Alfred Laurie

April 16, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Norfolk Regiment



Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


March 12, 1920
Stirling, Scotland


July 26, 1940
Chatham, Ontario

Son of William Arthur and Alexandra Laurie.

Husband of Isabella Emma Laurie, of Chatham, Ontario. Father of Mary Ann and Douglas Kent Laurie.

John Laurie, a member of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, died while serving with the Royal Norfolk Regiment as a CANLOAN Officer.

Commemorated on Page 533 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. H. 10.


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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  • Photo of John Alfred Laurie– Taken while visiting relatives in Scotland in 1944.
  • Biography– From the book; …and they never came back. The story of the C. V. S (Chatham Vocational School) students who fought and died in World War 11. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me, with the permission of the author Peter N. Stanojevic.
  • Holten Canadian War Cemetery (2)
  • Holten Canadian War Cemetery (1)
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