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Norman Albert Sullivan

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Norman Albert Sullivan

April 28, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

K/70499

Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Governor General's Foot Guards, R.C.A.C.

Division:

21st Armoured Regiment

Additional Information


Son of James and Anne Sullivan, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 568 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VII. B. 3.

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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  • 37th Battalion– Norman's father, Sgt Mgr James Sullivan, third from the right, bottom row
  • Grave Marker
  • Newspaper Clipping– Sullivan 2018 Memorial Tribute in the Halton News 
Sponsored by Jo-Anne and Elizabeth Sullivan
  • Photo of Norman Albert Sullivan– Norman Albert Sullivan, You will always be remembered.
  • Photo 2 of Norman Albert Sullivan– Thank you for our freedom.  Love, the Sullivan family
  • Photo 3 of Norman Albert Sullivan– Eating out while on duty overseas.
  • Brothers and Aunt
  • Roll of Honour
  • Family photo
  • Norman and James Sullivan
  • Photo 4 of Norman Sullivan
  • Norman with his comrades
  • Orginal gravemaker
  • Royce and Norman Sullivan
  • Photo 5 of Norman Sullivan– Defending our Freedom
  • Attestation Paper
  • Norman and his Mom
  • James & Alexandria Sullivan– James & Alexandria Sullivan at Norman's Gravesite in Holten Cemetery.
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Norman's twin brothers– Twins Roy and Ray Sullivan between thier mother Ann (Harmon) Sullivan. Behind older brother Norman and sister Doreen smile proudly with the news of their enlistment into WW2.
  • Photo 6 of Norman Albert Sullivan– Norman with his younger twin brothers Ray & Roy in happier days.
  • Tribute– A family tribute to Norman, for being our hero.

Live on in our hearts and minds for all generations,Norman. 

Although I never met you, who you were and what you did and how very much you were loved, passes down through the ages.
  • Tribute– Memorial

To my Hero,Uncle Norman
Love from your niece
Liz Sullivan
  • Tribute– Donald, Robert, James Jr., James Sr., NORMAN, Royce Sullivan (missing Raymond Sullivan)
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Letter– Commemorative letter from the Minister of National Defense.
  • Photo of Norman Albert Sullivan– Norman and His "Horse"
  • Group Photo– An informal photo of  Norman with some of the 'boys' in his unit
  • Newspaper Clipping– Actual photo that appeared in a  newspaper of the GGFG Troops on the move. (Norman is somewhere in this great photo)
  • Group Photo– Norman with younger brother Roy, and brother-in-law Alf Jones who received  the Croix de Guerre while serving in the Conn Smythe's "Sportmans Battalion".
  • Group Photo– A photo of Norman with his fellow Soldiers in the Governor General's Foot Guards (GGFG)
  • Group photo– Norman Sullivan bottom row 4th soldier Platoon No3 Company No1 N 110 (Basic) Training Centre, Vernon  B.C. Nov 1944
  • The Battle Of Vimy Ridge
  • Diary– The War Dairy of April 28th, 1945 providing the sad details of the days events.
  • Letter– Letter of regret to Norman's Father on behalf of Minister of National Defense.

Submitted by Liz Sullivan on behalf of the Sullivan Family
  • Letter– Norman's Letter to his Mom in 1942 (page 1 of 2)
  • Letter– Normans Letter written to his Mom 1942 (Page 2 of 2)
  • Group Photo– Norman Sullivan (standing) and Albert Buhlman (sitting on turret)
Both killed in action (tank mates)

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