Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Wallace Spence MacPherson

In memory of:

Major Wallace Spence MacPherson

August 10, 1944

Military Service






Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information

Husband of Helen Sands Macpherson, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 376 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

XXIII. A. 6.


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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  • Photo of Wallace Spence MacPherson– Major W. Macpherson while in England taken by Capt. CA Conway - both officers in Canadian Algonquin Regiment.
  • Photo of Wallace Spence MacPherson– Major W S MacPherson - picture taken by Capt. C A Conway Algonquin Regiment in Sussex, England 1943
  • Soldiers' Tower Memorial– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “Maj W. S. MACPHERSON C.I.C.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 40 reads: “Major Wallace Spence MacPHERSON  The Algonquin Regiment. University College, BA 1932. Killed in action in North-West Europe, 10 August 1944. Buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France.”
  • Group Photo– Group photograph from Torontonensis, University of Toronto's yearbook in 1932 shows the University College Men's Residence members. MacPherson is in the second row.
  • Photo of Wallace Spence MacPherson– Photograph of MacPherson from Torontonensis, University of Toronto's yearbook in 1932

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