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Douglas Sumner Orford

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Douglas Sumner Orford

June 7, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

F/26412

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

February 2, 1921
Leytonstone, Essex, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

October 27, 1939
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Son of Arthur James Orford and Gwendoline Dorothy Orford (nee Sumner), of South Woodford, Essex, England.

Commemorated on Page 408 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:

II. A. 3.

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
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of  Douglas Sumner Orford– Douglas Sumner Orford, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1942 - posing with an unidentified child.
  • Group Photo– Douglas Sumner Orford, with a group of friends. Douglas is the second from the right.  Original image was damaged from being carried in a wallet and this version has had some digital restoration.
  • Photo of Douglas Sumner Orford
  • Grave marker
  • 37 Canadians Place– The town of Authie, France honoured 37 Canadian soldiers by naming a street after them.  The young Canadians, mostly from the Maritimes, were part of the D-Day invasion and were killed while trying to liberate the town from the Germans.
  • Plaque
  • Photo 2 of 37 Canadians Place
  • 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)

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