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William Fred McCooeye

In memory of:

Private William Fred McCooeye

April 24, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


August 16, 1920
Metcalfe, Ontario


November 21, 1941
Cornwall, Ontario

Son of Samuel and Lida McCooeye, of Metcalfe, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 541 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:

IX. C. 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
  • Biography
  • Photo of William Fred McCooeye
  • Photo of William McCooeye– in uniform at his home.
  • Group Photo
  • Sister-in-law Lillian McCooeye
  • Sister Anne
  • Group Photo– His parents: Samuel and Lyda McCooeye
  • Group Photo– Brother-in-law, Frank McDowell with Wm. F. McCooeye
  • Group Photo– William F. McCooeye (behind) sister Anne, sister-in-law Lillian
  • Family photo– Brother Cecil, sister-in-law Lillian, sister Anne
  • Group Photo– Brother-in-law Frank McDowell, sister Anne, mother Lyda, father Samuel
  • Family
  • Photo of Lawrence McCooeye– Youngest brother Lawrence McCooeye 15 years old (brother)
  • Group Photo– Family friend, Lawrence McCooeye, Anne McCooeye McDowell (brother, sister)
  • Group Photo– Anne McCooeye McDowell, Lawrence McCooeye (sister and brother circa 1960’s)
  • War Memorial– His sacrifice is memorialized at a cenotaph in Metcalfe, Ontario close to where he was born.  His name (second last in the list) appears along with others from the area that also died in the line of duty during World War II.
  • Grave Marker

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