Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Archibald Duncan MacDonald

In memory of:

Major Archibald Duncan MacDonald

July 10, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

C-900698

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Serivce Medal with clasp, War Medal 1939-45.

Additional Information


Born:

April 11, 1918
Summerstown, Ontario

Son of Duncan Alexander and Florence May MacDonald of Lancaster, Ontario. Husband of Margaret Elnora and father of Elnora Florence Rita MacDonald of Gananoque, Ontario. Brother of Lieutenant Lloyd James MacDonald, North Nova Scotia Highlanders, Milton Joseph and Lieutenant Nursing Sister Florence Rita MacDonald. Major MacDonald served in Canada, Britain and Northwest Europe. Prior to joining the service, Major MacDonald taught first grade.

Commemorated on Page 371 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

V. H. 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.

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  • Gananoque Remembers– Gananoque, Ontario is a small town situated on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of 1,000 Islands.  It is one of hundreds of communities throughout Canada with war memorials which commemorate more than 110,000 men and women who lost their lives during both world wars. Over a  thousand citizens from Gananoque and surounding areas served in the navy, army, or air force: 83 lost their lives in parts of Canada, and in the battlefields of Europe.  Among the dead of Gananoque include a 15 year old solider, a father of ten, four sets of brothers and a Victoria Cross winner. 

Today the town cenotaph lists the names of those who died and  few citizens are aware of their family backgrounds or their circumstances of their deaths. Geraldine Chase of Gannaoque and Bill Beswetherick of Kingston believed it was necessary to collect this information and perpetuate their sacrifices. 					

Gananoque Remembers book is a tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
  • Memorial Page– Archibald MacDonald is honoured on page 135 of the Gananoque Remembers booklet, published on January 31, 2005.
  • Family Photo– Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar McCalpin and their grandchildren whose fathers were killed in  1944, about 3-1/2 weeks apart.
On the left is Robin (Florence Rita Elnora), daughter of Major Archie MacDonald and his wife Elnora McCalpin.
On the right is Steven, son of Sgt. Blake Keyes and Mary Minerva McCalpin.
  • Photo of Archie MacDonald
  • Grave Marker– A photograph of the headstone 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)
  • 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 Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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