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Gilbert Alexander

In memory of:

Private Gilbert Alexander

July 21, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/59670

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Born:

September 25, 1918

Commemorated on Page 235 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XII. A. 11.

Location:

This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Image taken from special edition of Sault Star, June 6, 1994. Provided by Padre Phil Miller, Branch 25, Royal Canadian Legion, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. We Will Remember Them.
  • Photo of Gilbert Alexander– This photo of Pte. Gilbert Alexander appeared in the Remembrance Day issue of The Manitoulin Expositor in 1994.
A major cenotaph was dedicated on Manitoulin Island in June 1994 to those who fell in all of Canada's wars in the 20th century.
  • Obituary– This obituary of Pte Alexander was published in The Manitoulin (Island)Expositor in 1994.

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