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Joseph Pearson Duns

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Joseph Pearson Duns

June 7, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/186214

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

103 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

July 20, 1924
Caledonia, Ontario

Enlistment:

August 26, 1942
Hamilton, Ontario

Son of Joseph Gilchrist Duns and Janet Duns, of Caledonia, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 297 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IX. F. 3.

Location:

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is about 1 kilometre east of the village of Reviers, on the Creully-Tailleville-Ouistreham road (D.35). Reviers is a village and commune in the Department of the Calvados. It is located 15 kilometres north-west of Caen and 18 kilometres east of Bayeux and 3.5 kilometres south of Courseulles, a village on the sea coast. The village of Beny-sur-Mer is some 2 kilometres south-east of the cemetery. The bus service between Caen and Arromanches (via Reviers and Ver-sur-Mer) passes the cemetery.

It was on the coast just to the north that the 3rd Canadian Division landed on 6th June 1944; on that day, 335 officers and men of that division were killed in action or died of wounds. In this cemetery are the graves of Canadians who gave their lives in the landings in Normandy and in the earlier stages of the subsequent campaign. Canadians who died during the final stages of the fighting in Normandy are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

There are a total of 2,048 burials in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. There is also one special memorial erected to a soldier of the Canadian Infantry Corps who is known to have been buried in this cemetery, but the exact site of whose grave could not be located.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Joseph Pearson Duns is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Joseph Pearson Duns is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of JOSEPH PEARSON DUNS– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JOSEPH PEARSON DUNS– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Joseph P. Duns– Joseph P. Duns, son of Joseph and Janet Duns of Caledonia Ontario, brother  of Craig G. Duns
Joseph Duns was killed in air operations over Normandy, June 7, 1944
  • Newspaper Clipping– Report from local newspaper, Grand River Scheme, which reported Joseph P. Duns as missing, June 7, 1944
  • Grave marker– Grave Marker of Joseph P. Duns 
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, France  
Grave Reference: IX. F. 3.
  • Grave Marker– A photograph of the headstone taken in 2010 at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. May he rest in peace. (J. Stephens)
  • Cemetery– The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. (J. Stephens)
  • Grave Marker– Taken by a friend in 2003
  • Cemetery
  • Grave marker

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