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Alphonse Cecil Rivait

In memory of:

Private Alphonse Cecil Rivait

August 19, 1942

Dieppe, France

Military Service


Service Number:

A/23132

Age:

18

Force:

Army

Unit:

Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

February 20, 1924
Windsor, Ontario

Enlistment:

July 3, 1941
Windsor, Ontario

Son of Homer and Bernadette Rivait (1964 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Windsor, Ontario.

Brother of Raymond, Edouard, Alfred, Albert, Alvin, Rosina, Aurore, Odile, Olive and Jeannette.

Alphonse and his brother Leon were killed in action on August 19, 1942 while his other brother, Lawrence was killed in action on November 23, 1944. All three brothers served with the Essex Scottish Regiment.

Commemorated on Page 110 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 24. Column 3.

Location:

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– Image source: The Windsor Daily Star - Dec 5, 1944
  • Newspaper Clipping– Image source: The Windsor Daily Star - Dec 5, 1944
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Alphonse Cecil Rivait– Uncle Alphonse
  • Photo of Alphonse Rivait– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

From a World War 11 scrapbook that the Diocese of London found in 2007 when it was preparing to close Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Windsor, Ont. The scrapbook has been preserved in the diocesan archives. Because it’s too fragile for physical handling or public display the diocesan archivist has digitized the entire scrapbook.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Brookwood Memorial
  • Inscription– Private ALPHONSE CECIL RIVAIT is one of twenty members of the Essex Scottish Regiment, 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.  One of these soldiers, H.J. BOULTINGHOUSE was taken prisoner and subsequently died on January 24, 1944, while a Prisoner of War.

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