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George Alfred McLean McCourtie

In memory of:

Lieutenant George Alfred McLean McCourtie

April 24, 1945

Military Service


Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Son of Alfred and Georgina McCourtie, of Stamford Centre, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 541 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

III. F. 6.

Location:

Holten is a village 20 kilometres east of the town of Deventer, on the main A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany. Following the A1 motorway, turn off at exit 26 and follow the N332 in the direction of Holten. Follow the N332 until reaching a signpost for Holterberg. Turn right onto the N344 in the direction of Holten, then at the T junction turn left towards Holten and follow this road to the roundabout. Take second exit then turn first right towards Holterberg. Follow this road uphill until you see a green Commission sign pointing to the right. Turn right down the track and follow to the end. Turn left and the cemetery lies along here on the left hand side.

Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. The great majority of those buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery died during the last stages of the war in Holland, during the advance of the Canadian 2nd Corps into northern Germany, and across the Ems in April and the first days of May 1945. After the end of hostilities the remains of over 1,300 Canadian soldiers were brought together into this cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of GEORGE ALFRED MCLEAN MCCOURTIE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source: Niagara Falls Evening Review, January 24, 1941. Photo accompanied a report that McCourtie, a dispatch rider attached to the First Infantry Brigade, had recently suffered a head injury, causing temporary memory loss. But he recovered his memory in time to write a letter to his parents, who received it on Christmas Day. The Review summarized the letter, giving background information about McCourtie. Born in Scotland, he grew up in Niagara Falls.
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