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John Walter Petraites

In memory of:

Rifleman John Walter Petraites

June 11, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/138353

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 416 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. G. 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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of John Walter Petraites– Rifleman Petraites joined the Army in January 1943 and, following basic training, joined the Queen's Own Rifles in June 1943. He survived D-Day but was killed at Le Mesnil Patry (west of Caen) as a member of Dog Company in a ferocious battle with the 12th SS Panzer Division.
  • Obituary– This obituary of Rifleman Petraites was obtained by Mrs. Josie McQuade from a Toronto newspaper in 1944 and preserved till the present.
  • Gravemarker– Padre Cameron took this photo of Rifleman Petraites' gravemarker at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in June 1997.
  • 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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