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Kenneth Stickney Brenton

In memory of:

Flying Officer Kenneth Stickney Brenton

March 16, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/38742

Age:

28

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

409 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Thomas S. and Isabel May Brenton; husband of Margaret Lillian Brenton, of Toronto, Ontario. His brother Edwin Swayne served in the Second World War.

Commemorated on Page 498 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:

XI. G. 7.

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 KENNETH STICKNEY BRENTON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Source:  Globe and Mail, March 30, 1945
  • Entrance– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Soldiers' Tower Memorial– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “F/O K. S. BRENTON R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 7 reads: F/O Kenneth Stickney BRENTON  409 Sqn RCAF. Former student Victoria College, 1940-42. Killed in an air operation over France, 16 March 1945. Buried in Lesquin Cemetery, France. Exhumed and reburied in the Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem, East Flanders, Belgium.
  • Victoria College WWII Plaque– This outdoor plaque is located at Victoria College, part of  Victoria University in the University of Toronto. “They were valiant in life and triumphant in death. (Victoria University Crest -  Abeunt studia in mores). Erected to the memory of the students of this college who gave their lives in the Great War 1939-1945. This tablet was erected by the Board of Regents and Dedicated October 13th, 1953”. Among the 79 names inscribed is that of: “Kenneth Stickney Brenton”.  Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.

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