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Joe Poucette

In memory of:

Rifleman Joe Poucette

August 15, 1944
France

Military Service


Service Number:

M/8202

Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Additional Information


Born:

April 28, 1924
Morley Reserve, Alberta

Enlistment:

October 15, 1943
Calgary, Alberta

Son of Peter and Jennie Poucette of Morley, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 420 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:

XVI. F. 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– Joe Poucette's grave at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France.
Photo taken by Christopher Gill, April 2015, as part of the St. Francis High School WWII History trip to Normandy, France.
  • Newspaper clipping– Newspaper article found Alice Spackman's 'War Years' scrapbook from Okotoks, Alberta.
  • Portrait of Joe Poucette– Portrait of Joe Poucette, commissioned by his family in 1989.  Painted by Roland Rollinmud.
  • Photo of Joe Poucette– Courtesy of the House Family.
  • Memorial– Joe's memorial grave at the Morley Cemetery, Morley, Alberta   Nakoda/Stoney Nation
Photo by Don Molyneaux, Calgary

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