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Francis Terrence O'Donnell

In memory of:

Trooper Francis Terrence O'Donnell

July 30, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

L/53696

Age:

31

Force:

Army

Unit:

14th Canadian Hussars, R.C.A.C.

Division:

8th Reconnaissance Regt.

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

June 9, 1913
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

Enlistment:

March 12, 1941
Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of Michael Joseph and Mary O'Donnell of Piapot, Saskatchewan. Brother of Nora. Husband of Annie (nee Leathwaite) O'Donnell, of Birkenhead, Cheshire, England.

Commemorated on Page 407 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:

XIII. 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.

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