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Edwin Ronald Bennett

In memory of:

Major Edwin Ronald Bennett

August 5, 1944

Military Service






The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada


1st Bn.

Honours and Awards:

Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information

Son of Captain Ronald V. and Elva I. Bennett, of Sackville, New Brunswick. Husband of Dorothy Janet Bennett of Montreal, QC.

Brother of Lieutenant Henry Harrison Bennett, who died while serving with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.

Commemorated on Page 247 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:

XX. C. 10.


This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker– Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery on the road between Caen and Falaise.  His brother, Henry Harrison Bennett is buried in the same cemetery but the graves are about 10 rows apart.
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Circumstances of death– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Family Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Sackville War Memorial. Sackville NB, Canada. (Photo credit: Captain (Ret'd) E.L.L. Gaudet, CD)
  • Memorial– Remembering brothers lost … Brothers In Arms Memorial, Zonnebeke, BE … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Memorial– Bennett Brothers Memorial building located at 10 Salem Street, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Montreal Star. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Edwin Ronald Bennett– Both men are recalled in a Globe and Mail "In Memoriam" ads, 2009 August 22 with photos.  +++  "In proud but sorrowing memory of our cousins, Major Ronald Bennett, Black Watch (The Royal Highland Regiment of Canada), and his brother Lieutenant Harrison Bennett, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, who both laid down their lives for Canada in Normandy, 65 years ago, in August 1944.  They are both buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize in Normandy.   'They did not grow old, we that were left grow old/Age has not wearied not the years condemned./At the going down of the sun and in the morning,/ We have remembered them.'  -  William and Ruth Herridge and Family. "
  • Press Clipping– Maj Edwin Robert Bennett obit Montreal Gazette Aug 15, 1944 courtesy of McGill University Archives.
  • Press Clipping– From the Montreal Gazette. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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