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Gordon Ivan Nichol

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Gordon Ivan Nichol

June 11, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/19597

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

1st Hussars, R.C.A.C.

Division:

6th Armd. Regt.

Additional Information


Son of James A. and Alice Pearl Nichol, of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 404 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:

VI. H. 14.

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 Gordon Ivan Nichol– From newspaper article, July 1944
EXETER SOLDIER DIES IN FRANCE
"Mr. and Mrs. James A. Nichol of Exeter have received official word that their second son, L.Cpl. Gordon Ivan Nichol, died in France on June 11. The cause of his death is yet unknown.  He was in his 25th year.
L.Cpl. Nichol was born at Bluevale in 1921, with his parents, moved to Grey Township where he received his primary eduation and his high school education in Brussels. In June, 1941, he enlisted and in November of that year he went overseas."
  • Memorial
  • Grave Marker– A photograph (2010) 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)
  • Grave Marker– G.I. Nichol's grave in Normandy, France.

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