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Douglas Gordon Purdy

In memory of:

Captain Douglas Gordon Purdy

August 19, 1942

Military Service


Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C.

Division:

14th Army Tank Regt.

Additional Information


Born:

April 10, 1920
Calgary, Alberta

Enlistment:

June 28, 1940
Calgary, Alberta

Son of Gordon Stanley Purdy and Margaret Lundrigan Purdy, of White Rock, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 108 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:

A. 23.

Location:

From the centre of Dieppe take the Avenue Gambetta and Avenue des Canadiens. Head along the N27 out of Dieppe in the direction of Rouen until the first roundabout where there is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission sign. Go across the roundabout and continue until you reach a second roundabout. Take the first turning right where there is another CWGC sign. Continue until Chemin des Jonquilles, a road on the left. The Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery is on the right of this road and is clearly visible.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Douglas Purdy– 14th Calgary Tank Regiment
Killed August 19, 1942
Dieppe, France
  • Grave marker– Captain Purdy's grave marker, photographed at the 75th anniversary ceremony at the cemetery in 2017. The shadow was cast on the stone by a son of a veteran of the Calgary Regiment and the Dieppe Raid.
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– A photograph of the headstone at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, just outside the Dieppe, France. May he rest in peace. (J. Stephens)
  • Cemetery– The Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, located just outside Dieppe, France.  (J. Stephens)
  • Grave Marker– Photo take by a friend of Kelly Ann Purdy (grand niece of Capt. D.G. Purdy):Craig McKay, who is a Petty Officer 2nd Class with the Navy is serving in Afghanistan until September 2009. He is on his HLTA leave and travelling all over Europe and happened to be in France today (Tuesday, 30 June 2009).
 
He sent out a text message to all his friends from the beaches of Dieppe, and then he went to the nearby Canadian War Cemetery near Dieppe. He quickly found a headstone that is very important to the Purdy family and using the power of his amazing cell phone, he snapped a great picture to share of how it looked today, flowers in bloom and all surrounding the monument - June 30, 2009. The inscription reads:
 
Captain
D.G. Purdy
The Calgary Regiment   
19th August 1942        Age 22
 
Truth, Duty, Valor:
Fear Naught
Rest in Peace, Dear One
Mother, Dad and Family
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2661 Capt Douglas Gordon Purdy (RMC 1938) was the son of Gordon Stanley Purdy and Margaret Lundrigan Purdy, of White Rock, British Columbia. He served with the Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C., 14th Army Tank Regiment. He died on Aug 19, 1942. He was buried on the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Hautot-Sur-Mer), Seine-Maritime, France  A. 23.
  • Memorial Plaque– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2661 Capt Douglas Gordon Purdy (RMC 1938) was the son of Gordon Stanley Purdy and Margaret Lundrigan Purdy, of White Rock, British Columbia. He served with the Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C., 14th Army Tank Regiment. He died on Aug 19, 1942. He was buried on the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Hautot-Sur-Mer), Seine-Maritime, France  A. 23.
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2661 Capt Douglas Gordon Purdy (RMC 1938) was the son of Gordon Stanley Purdy and Margaret Lundrigan Purdy, of White Rock, British Columbia. He served with the Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C., 14th Army Tank Regiment. He died on Aug 19, 1942. He was buried on the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Hautot-Sur-Mer), Seine-Maritime, France  A. 23.
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Memorial– This is a photo of the Memorial Drive Cross for Douglas Gordon Purdy. The Field of Crosses, is a park reserved along Calgary’s Memorial Drive for 3,000 white crosses which are displayed each year on Nov. 1st and removed Nov, 12th. Special thanks to the late George Bittman - he played such a huge role in creating this wonderful memorial to our fallen soldiers. Our Great Uncle's name was in his personal notes and last year a cross was added to remember him. 

Our Great Grandmother would be so proud - she was recognized twice as a Silver Cross Mother and never stopped morning her brave son a day in her life. She lived to 100.

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