Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Archibald MacLaren

In memory of:

Private John Archibald MacLaren

May 1, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:





Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C

Additional Information


April 27, 1921 Goose River, Prince Edward Island


October 10, 1941 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Son of Andrew and Ida MacLaren, of Annandale, Prince Edward Island.

Commemorated on Page 537 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

X. G. 12.


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 John Maclaren
  • Newspaper Clipping – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Just Like Jack
  • Just Like Jack (Page 2)
  • Just Like Jack (Page 3)
  • Photo of Adnan Saciragic – Adnan Saciragic, Youth Delegate from Prince Edward Island (PEI), gives a commemorative presentation on the life of John Archibald MacLaren of Goose River, PEI, on May 5, 2005, in front of his grave at Holten Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.
  • Photo 2 of Adnan Saciragic – Youth Delegate Adnan Saciragic gently sprinkles some soil from PEI on the grave of John Archibald MacLaren in Holten Canadian War Cemetery.
  • Photo 3 of Adnan Saciragic – Youth Delegate Adnan Saciragic places a Canadian flag on the grave of John Archibald MacLaren in Holten Canadian War Cemetery.
  • Grave marker for J.A. Maclaren
  • Grave Marker

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