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Douglas George Howes

In memory of:

Signalman Douglas George Howes

July 26, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

L/20001

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp.

Additional Information


Son of John Henry Norman and Daisy Howes. Husband of Margaret Mary Howes, of Mitcham, Surrey, England.

Commemorated on Page 339 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:

XV. B. 9.

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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  • Photo of Douglas Howes– Douglas, Arthur , Grandma(Daisy), and Norman
  • Photo 2 - of Douglas Howes– Douglas Howes, in the uniform he was issued at the first of WWII.
  • Family picture– Douglas, Grandad (John Henry Norman Howes), Doris (sister), Grandma (Daisy Kirby), and Arthur
  • Group photo– Arthur, Grandma (Daisy Kirby), Doris, Grandad (John Henry Norman Howes), Douglas
  • Grandson and Great Grand-daughter– Douglas Howes had a daughter, Margaret Desiree, born after his death.  Her son Justin is in this picture with his daughter Jasmin.
  • Photo 2 of Douglas Howes– with his brothers whilst stationed in Norfolk England.
  • Photo of Douglas George Howes– Douglas Howes with his Aunt, Ethel Howes taken when stationed in Norfolk England.
  • Grave Marker– Plot 15; Row 8; Grave 9
To update Douglas Howes file - his son Douglas Russell now lives in Australia as does his daughter Margaret Gale.  Douglas Howes was Daisy Howes youngest son.  His nephew, Rev. William Craven now lives in Brampton, Ontario
  • Paying respects– In September/09 we were visiting France/Belgium/England and found Douglas Howes grave.  This is a photo of me placing a poppy on his grave
  • Inscription– headstone of Douglas Howes taken in September/09 as requested by Rev. Wm. Craven, great nephew of Douglas Howes
  • Paying respects– taken in September/09 - placing poppy and Canadian flag on Douglas Howes grave as requested by his nephew, Rev. Wm. Craven
  • Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery– The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. (J. Stephens)
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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