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David Derwyn Owen

In memory of:

Captain David Derwyn Owen

August 17, 1944

Military Service


Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Son of Derwyn and Norah Owen, of Toronto, Ontario. B.A. (University of Toronto). Student of Harvard University.

Commemorated on Page 409 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:

XV. D. 2.

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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  • Photo of DAVID DERWYN OWEN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DAVID DERWYN OWEN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DAVID DERWYN OWEN– David meeting Princess Marina of Greece. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Identification– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Telegram– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– This stone stele is located in the chapel of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. “AS DYING AND BEHOLD WE LIVE”, “TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THIS COLLEGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE TWO GREAT WARS”.  Photo:  Mana Sadeghipour, courtesy of Alumni Relations, University of Toronto.
  • Photo of David Derwyn Owen– Captain David Owen enlisted in October 1941 and joined the QOR of C in England. He served as a platoon commander in Alpha Coy, leading 7 Platoon in on D-Day. He was promoted Captain in late July and was transferred to Support Company (Carrier Platoon). Captain Owen died in the fighting for Falaise Gap in mid-August 1944.
  • Grave marker– This photo of Capt Owen's grave at Bretteville-sur-Laize Cemetery was taken by myself during a visit to Normandy in June, 1997.
  • Obituary– This obituary of Capt David Owen was clipped from a Toronto newspaper by Mrs. Josie McQuade and preserved in an album.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From "The Maple Leaf" (Canada's Armed Forces daily newspaper published from 1944 to 1946)--the Monday, September 11, 1944 issue.

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