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Thomas Beresford Big Canoe

In memory of:

Private Thomas Beresford Big Canoe

March 8, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


October 13, 1925
Georgina Island, Ontario


June 12, 1944
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Thomas H. and Hannah Bigcanoe, of Georgina Island, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 496 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:

VII. C. 4.


Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker– Second World War Veteran Kelman "Kal" Cohen and his wife at the grave of Thomas Beresford Big Canoe, during the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
  • Photo of Thomas Beresford Big Canoe
  • Photo of Thomas Big Canoe– Thomas Big Canoe served in WW2. Died in action on March 8, 1945. Beloved son of Hannah and Thomas Big Canoe, Sr.
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo 2 of Gravemarker

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