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Donald Murray Ritchie

In memory of:

Private Donald Murray Ritchie

June 11, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

F/889

Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Foster-son of William and Jane Ritchie. Husband of Elizabeth Christine Ritchie, of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 428 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XXVII. E. 6.

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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  • Document– Found in Donald's military service file. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo– Found in Donald's military service file. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Telegram– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Photo of Donald Ritchie– Wedding day
  • Grave Marker– Gravestone at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

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