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Thomas John Murray Bennetts

In memory of:

Corporal Thomas John Murray Bennetts

October 7, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

42748

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

August 17, 1918
Hazlemere, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

July 19, 1940
Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Son of Thomas Richard and Janet Hunter Craig Bennetts. Husband of Patricia Kathryn Bennetts, of Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 248 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:

IV. A. 6.

Location:

Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of THOMAS JOHN MURRAY BENNETTS– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Nun paying respects to the Fallen Canadians– The photo was taken by Captain Ronald Edson Grenfell Place of the 6th Canadian Field Dressing Station. The photos were taken while he was serving in Belguim.
  • A little girl delivering flowers to the Fallen Canadians– The photo was taken by Captain Ronald Edson Grenfell Place of the 6th Canadian Field Dressing Station. The photos were taken while he was serving in Belguim.
  • A little girl laying flowers to a fallen Canadian– The photo was taken by Captain Ronald Edson Grenfell Place of the 6th Canadian Field Dressing Station. The photos were taken while he was serving in Belguim.
  • War Memorial– War Memorial, Salmon Arm & District, British Columbia. Inscribed: MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM SALMON ARM DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918. OUR HEROIC DEAD / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.
  • Entrance– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens

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