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John William Jones

In memory of:

Rifleman John William Jones

August 10, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/112360

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Division:

1st Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Robert Thomas Jones and Florence Beatrice Jones, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 348 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:

XVI. H. 8.

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– From the Toronto Star August 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of John William Jones– Rifleman Jones enlisted in the Black Watch (Reserve) in 1942 and transferred to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in October 1943. After surviving several months of combat, he was KIA at Quesnay Wood north of Falaise.
  • Obituary– This obituary of Rifleman Jones was clipped from a Toronto paper in 1944 by Mrs Josie McQuade.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker– This photo of Rifleman Jones' gravemarker at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery was taken by Padre Craig Cameron in June 1997.

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