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Gordon Howard McTavish

In memory of:

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Howard McTavish

August 19, 1942

Dieppe, France

Military Service






Royal Canadian Engineers

Additional Information


July 31, 1903
Galt, Ontario


September 3, 1939
London, Ontario

Husband of Dorothy McTavish of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 98 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 23. Column 2.


The Brookwood Memorial stands in the large Brookwood Military Cemetery, which forms part of the London Necropolis at Brookwood, west of Woking, about 48 kilometres from London. The garden in which the Memorial stands is at the south end of the Canadian Section (Second World War) located on the far side of St. Lawrence Avenue, the highway leading in from the main entrance on the Pirbright road. The memorial commemorates 3,475 men and women of the land forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who died during the Second World War and whose names could not appropriately be recorded on any of the campaign memorials in the different theatres of war. There are names of men and women who served as special agents and died as prisoners or while working with Allied underground movements. A few of the names on the memorial commemorate those whose bodies were never recovered or those graves which could not, for some other reason, be marked and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The names of over 200 Canadians are remembered on the Brookwood Memorial. Some perished in ships that were sunken in waters outside the territorial limits of any major campaign; some were lost overboard; some died from various causes on hospital ships or troop transports and were given burial at sea. Also commemorated are those who died during the campaign in Norway in 1940, and in raids on enemy-occupied territory in Europe, including the costly operation against Dieppe in August 1942.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Memorial (Photo 1)
  • Memorial (Photo 2)
  • Memorial (Photo 3)
  • Book of Remembrance– Source: City of London, Ontario  online)
Book of Remembrance - Volume 2 

Howard Gordon McTavish 1...-1942 was the older brother Mona McTavish/Mrs. Graham Gould (1908-1999)commemorated by her in the Dieppe Raid poem published 1943: This Was My Brother.
  • Brookwood Memorial
  • Newspaper clipping– Toronto Star 1942 Aug 22 OBIT
  • Poem– Poem written by Mona Gould, sister of Lt.-Col. Howard McTavish in his honor.
  • Newspaper Clipping– This article by Mollie McGee was published in the Globe and Mail August 24, 1942. p. 7.
  • Photo of Gordon Howard McTavish– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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