Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Robert Raymond Secord

In memory of:

Private Robert Raymond Secord

August 14, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

K/48825

Force:

Army

Unit:

Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa

Citation(s):

Distinguished Service Cross (USA).

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 439 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XV. G. 13.

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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  • Badge– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Medals– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Distinguished Service Cross– Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Robert V. Secord, Canadian Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 14 August 1944, near Estreos-la-Champaigne, France. As his platoon of the 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG) was advancing under a heavy and sustained artillery and mortar barrage, Private Secord carried out his duties as medical orderly coolly and skillfully. Caught in a shellburst while dressing the wounds of a sergeant, he threw himself across his body to shield him from further injury, thereby sacrificing his life.
General Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 263 (September 25, 1945)
Action Date: 14-Aug-44
Service: Canadian Army
Rank: Private
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG)

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