Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Cecil Aneas MacDonald

In memory of:

Private Cecil Aneas MacDonald

October 15, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

F/4959

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

May 8, 1921
Glencoe, Prince Edward Island

Enlistment:

June 29, 1942
Kentville, Nova Scotia

Son of Benjamin and Mary MacDonald of Vernon River, Prince Edward Island. Brother of Gerald MacDonald.

Commemorated on Page 371 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XI. C. 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 Cecil A. MacDonald– left:  Cecil MacDonald,  right:  Gerald MacDonald (brother) at the West Nova Scotia Highlanders training camp, Aldershot, NS
  • Entrance– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker

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