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Roderick Malcolm MacDonald

In memory of:

Lieutenant Roderick Malcolm MacDonald

January 9, 1945

Military Service






Calgary Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information

Son of Roderick Charles and Daisy Elizabeth MacDonald; husband of Ella MacDonald, of Victoria, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 537 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:

XII. H. 16.


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 RODERICK MALCOLM MACDONALD– Lt. Roderick Malcolm MacDonald, Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC, ca. 1943
  • Certificate of Medication Examination upon enlistment.
  • Letter– Lieut. MacDonald's wife received this letter which confirmed her husband was lost.
He had been taken POW and died from his wounds in a German hospital shortly afterward.
  • Letter– Letter to father giving more information about his son's last days prior to a visit he was planning to Holland..
  • Document– Statement by Pte. B. S. Cunningham who was part of Lieut. MacDonald's section which was  on a raid on enemy positions.
  • Grave marker– Photo courtesy of Frans van Cappellen
  • Grave Marker

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