Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frederick Bernard Harris

In memory of:

Sergeant Frederick Bernard Harris

June 6, 1944

Beny-sur-Mer, France

Military Service


Service Number:
B/63616
Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Born:

December 31, 1920 Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

June 11, 1940 Toronto, Ontario

Son of Dr. William Harris and Tillie Harris, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 329 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. C. 4.

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 – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Frederick Bernard Harris – Sergeant Harris enlisted in The Queen's Own Rifles in June 1940 when the regiment was mobilized. He served in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and then in England. Sergeant Harris had the chance to return to Canada for his officer course but he declined as he would have not been with the unit on D-Day. Sergeant Harris was killed leading his men of B Company out of the assault boat at Bernieres-sur-mer (Juno Beach).
  • Obituary – This obituary of Sergeant Harris was published in a Toronto paper in June of 1944.
  • Grave Marker – This photo of Sgt Harris' gravemarker was taken by Padre Craig Cameron of The QOR of C on June 6th, 2003.
  • Photo of Fred Harris – Fred Harris is honoured on page 35 of the memorial book,
CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties,
compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948.  
This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume.  For additional information about these archival records, please contact:
The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives 
1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2 
facsimile:  514-931-0548 
website:     www.cjc.ca
  • 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)
  • Group Photo – Photo courtesty of the Memory Project www.thememoryproject.com 

Four Corporals of the Queens’ Own Rifles. L-R: Earl Stoll, killed in action (DOW), Sept ’44; Gerry Rayner, killed in action, July ’44; Lieut. Freddie Harris, killed in action D-Day, June 6, 1944; Sgt. Barney Danson, wounded in action Aug. ’44.

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