Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Cecil Gibson

In memory of:

Corporal John Cecil Gibson

June 6, 1944

France

Military Service


Service Number:

B/63615

Age:

31

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

April 8, 1913
Lindsay, Ontario

Enlistment:

June 11, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Commemorated on Page 315 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. C. .7

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

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of  John C. Gibson– Corporal John Gibson enlisted in June 1940 with The Queen's Own Rifles and served with the Regiment for four years prior to D-Day. He was killed leading his section on Juno Beach (Nan Sector) at Bernières-sur-mer.
  • Gravemarker– This photo of Cpl Gibson's gravemarker at Beny-sur-mer Cemetery was taken by Padre Craig Cameron of The Queen's Own Rifles in June of 1997.
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Bruce MacFarlane
  • Cemetery– The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. (J. Stephens)

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