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Wilmer Alexander Foster

In memory of:

Sergeant Wilmer Alexander Foster

June 7, 1944

Military Service

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Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa



Additional Information

Son of James and Christina Foster.

Commemorated on Page 308 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

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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.

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  • Grave Marker– Grave of Wilmer Alexander Foster - Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France. GRAVE: XXVIII.F.7
  • Aerial View of Cemetery– Aerial view of Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, Calvados, France. The grave of Sgt. Wilmer Alexander is hidden by the trees. When passing through the main cemetery entrance, go straight, past the Cross of Remambrance and turn right to the last grave section - his grave is in the 3rd row, on the far right. Initially buried at Saint Georges-des-Groseillers, Normandy. His body was reinterred at Bretteville-sur-Laize in April 1946, as per information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Sgt. Foster died on the night of June 11/12, 1944, when he succumbed to wounds suffered when the POW column in which he was marching, was strafed by allien Mustang aircraft. Father Labutte, a French priest stayed with him until he passed away.
  • Grave marker– The grave of Sergeant Wilmer Alexander FOSTER, at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, Calvados, France. 
Sgt. Foster was captured on June 8th, 1944 and when he and 250 Canadian POW's were being marched from Caen to a German prison in Rennes, Allied Mustang pilots strafed the column. Sgt. Foster was killed along with 9 other Canadian POW's and 38 were wounded. Of the wounded, five died. The strafing took place at 5 pm on June 11, 1944 in Saint Georges-des-Groseillers.
  • Photo of Wilmer Alexander Foster– Sergeant Wilmer Alexander FOSTER, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG).
  • Family photo– Sgt Wilmer Alexander with his parents, James and Christina.
  • Remember Wilmer Foster– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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