Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ralph Edward McBrien

In memory of:

Private Ralph Edward McBrien

August 5, 1944

France

Military Service


Service Number:

M/100406

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), R.C.I.C.

Division:

(Motor), R

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


Born:

January 19, 1923
Bosanquet Township, Ontario

Enlistment:

April 2, 1942
Calgary, Alberta

Son of Hugh McBrien of Halcourt, Alberta. Brother of William, Irvin, John, Hugh, Harry, Ruth, Mary and Sophia.

Commemorated on Page 382 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XXV. E. 1.

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.

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  • Memorial– Private Ralph Edward McBrien is also commemorated on the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) Memorial located in Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay, ON … May 2018 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) Memorial located in Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay, ON … May 2018 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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