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Henry Beresford Perrin

In memory of:

Lieutenant Henry Beresford Perrin

April 7, 1945

Military Service






12th Manitoba Dragoons, R.C.A.C.


18th Armd. Car Regt.

Additional Information


August 28, 1922
Toronto, Ontario


May 22, 1942
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Henry and Emily Perrin of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 554 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. C. 4.


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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • 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.
  • Photo of Henry Beresford Perrin– Lieutenant Henry Beresford Perrin
born 28-08-22
Former student of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Registration Card– Henry Perrin filled in this card when he entered Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in 1936(First year of school).
  • Document– Gazett Card
Lt Perrin was shipped overseas on the day after Christmas 1943.  

Source: Whitehouse vis Library & Archives Canada
  • Document– Service and Casualty Form
This form gives the basic general informtion on him and shows that he was training with the Ontario Regiment out of Oshawa.

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Statement of Service Form– This shows that he joined the army on 23 December 1941

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Document– European Service Sheet
This shows Perrin being Struck Off the Strength of the Canadian Army at home and Taken On Strength of the Canadian Army Overseas.  His voyage last 7 days.
He spent New Years 1944 at sea.

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Document– Cadet Training Sheet
This form shows the progress of Perrin through the early training.  He spent 3 weeks in the Belleville Military Hospital in early 1943

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Burial Card– This card from Perrin's pers file in Ottawa shows the location of his primary burial.  This was probably very close to where he was killed.  The reverse of the card (lower area) shows all of the actions taken by the Army to notify the Next-of-kin and the location of his reburial during grave concentration to Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites (Holten).

Source: Library & Archives Canada RG 24 via R. Whitehouse
  • Newspaper clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Toronto Telegram. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker

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