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Leonard Armitage Ardiel

In memory of:

Private Leonard Armitage Ardiel

July 19, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

M/107348

Age:

35

Force:

Army

Unit:

Calgary Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Dr. Alfred Ernest Ardiel and Gertrude Ardiel; husband of Dorothy L. Ardiel, of Calgary, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 238 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:

V. F. 5.

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

  • Photo of Leonard Armitage Ardiel– Picture from the book "Field of Honour" published in 1950.
  • Inscription– Sedgewick memorial
  • Sedgewick Memorial
  • Photo of Leonard Ardiel– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Gravestone of Leonard Ardiel, at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.
Photo taken by Christopher Gill, April 2015, as part of the St. Francis High School WWII trip to Normandy, France.

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