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John Stewart

In memory of:

Rifleman John Stewart

June 8, 1944

Military Service

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Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Additional Information

Son of Angus Ferguson Stewart and Bertha Marguerite Stewart, of Muir, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 453 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

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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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  • Grave Marker– Gravestone of Rifleman John Ray Mitchell Stewart, at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, Calvados, France.
  • Aerial View of Cemetery– Grave of Rifleman John Ray Mitchell Stewart at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, Calvados, France.
  • Photo of John Stewart– John Ray Mitchell Stewart (was known as Ray). Reported missing in action on June 8, 1944. Killed on JUNE 11, 1944, when marching in a POW column from Caen to a German prison in Rennes. The column was strafed by allied Mustang pilots who mistook the column for German troops in the Normandy town of Saint Georges-des-Groseillers.

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