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John Allingham Watson

In memory of:

Private John Allingham Watson

July 25, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


April 25, 1919
Port Whitby, Ontario


August 5, 1940
Bowmanville, Ontario

Son of Henry E. and Mary E. Watson, of Whitby, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 473 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. 15.


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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France
  • Photo of John Allingham Watson– John Allingham Watson (1919-1944) was born at Whitby on April 25, 1919 and was a resident of Port Whitby. In the Second Wold War, he was a member of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C. He was killed in action at Normandy, France on July 25, 1944. Courtesy of the Whitby Public Library.

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