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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Norman Gideon Orpen

In memory of:

Private Norman Gideon Orpen

August 19, 1942

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Regiment of Canada, R.C.I.C.


1939-45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


June 28, 1913
Toronto, Ontario


September 6, 1939
Toronto, Ontario

Son of George Samuel and Lyle Brandon Orpen. Brother of Abraham Michael Gladstone, Richard Lysle, Henry John, Howard, Mrs. I.E. Hunter and Mrs. A. Monroe, half brother of Mrs. C. Botsford. Husband of Marie (née Robillard) Orpen and father of James Emmette of Toronto, Ontario. He listed his civilian occupation as a salesman/filing clerk.

Commemorated on Page 104 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 24. Column 1.


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– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Brookwood Memorial
  • Inscription– Private NORMAN GIDEON ORPEN is one of seven members of the Royal Regiment of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, who went missing at Dieppe on August 19, 1942 and were subsequently presumed dead, who are commemorated on this Panel at the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.   Privates RALPH ERIC MONTGOMERY and ARTHUR WILLIAM MONTGOMERY were brothers.  Ralph Eric is recorded as having died of wounds on August 21, 1942.  Arthur William and the remaining soldiers are recorded as having died on August 19, 1942.

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