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Robert Smith Cumming

In memory of:

Rifleman Robert Smith Cumming

March 29, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







Regina Rifle Regiment

Additional Information

Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cumming, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Brother of Dorothy and Gordon Cumming; Husband of Ethel Mae Cumming, also of Saskatoon.

Commemorated on Page 507 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. G. 1.


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.

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  • Photo of Robert S. Cumming– Rifleman Bob Cumming was born in Harris, Saskatchewan ,moving to Saskatoon in 1933.  He attended King George, Westmount and Caswell Schools in Saskatoon. He was active in school hockey and softball which he continued into industrial league.  After leaving school, he worked as a mechanic's helper before enlisting in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in November 1943.  He then completed Driver and Motor Mechanics training before going overseas in December l944 with the Canadian Infantry Regiment.  He transferred to the Regina Rifles in February l945.Rifleman Bob Cumming was killed in action on March 29, l945 at Emmerick, Germany during the liberation of Holland exercises.  He is buried in Groesbeek Cemetery. In 1946, a memorial tree in Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Sask was dedicated in his Honour and in l962, Cumming Lake in northern Saskatchewan was named in his Honour by the Saskatchewan Government.Bob is survived by his sister Dorothy, St. Catharines, Ontario and brother Gordon in Toronto, Ontario.  His widow Effie remarried and lives in Alberta.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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