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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Alexander MacKenzie

In memory of:

Private Alexander MacKenzie

June 9, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

K/57810

Age:

52

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Donald and Mary MacKenzie.

Commemorated on Page 373 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XXVI. G. 4.

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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  • Grave Marker– Alexander MacKenzie's grave marker at Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
  • Photo of Alexander MacKenzie– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Alexander MacKenzie– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Telegram– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ALEXANDER MACKENZIE– Alex MacKenzie served in WWl in France as a driver and at the front. Although he had trained as a teacher, he preferred the outdoors and engaged in farming, logging and other occupations that involved physical labour. His nephew remembers him as a very strong man. Post war, he and two friends canoed from Fort George, British Columbia to The Pas Manitoba, carrying even a cast iron stove.
  • Photo of ALEXANDER MACKENZIE– Alex MacKenzie and his sister, Grace. He was a shy man and never married. Family members received long letters from him detailing his adventures.
  • Letter– Letter received by family from Army Chaplin.
  • Photo of ALEXANDER MACKENZIE– Alex deducted four years from his age when he enlisted in Vancouver in 1940. He could have served behind the lines, but chose to enter the fighting and died three days after D-Day.

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