Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Hugh Murray MacLeod

In memory of:

Major Hugh Murray MacLeod

June 6, 1944

Military Service






1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, R.C.I.C.


C Coy.

Additional Information


January 1, 1919
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia


December 26, 1940
Amherst, Nova Scotia

Son of Alexander F. and Margaret Marion MacLeod (nee Ross), of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 375 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Calvados, France

Grave Reference:

VA. B. 1.


Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Hugh MacLeod– MacLeod, Hugh Murray - Major, Born 1st January, 1919, at Glace Bay, N.S, Educated at New Glasgow High School, Entered the service of the Bank 19th July, 1937. Served at New Glasgow. On active service with The Pictou Highlanders 21st August, 1940, in the rank of Lieutenant. Captain in May, 1943; Major in September, 1943. Transferred to The North Nova Scotia Highianders (M.G.) in January, 1941, Overseas in 1941. Took commando training in Scotland. Returned to Canada and served with 1st Canadian Paratroop Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga,, U.S.A., and later at Camp Shilo, Man. Overseas with his Unit in September, 1943, Led his Company on D-Day as pathfinders for Airborne Division.  Killed in action 7th June, 1944, at Varieville, Normandy.  (Major MacLeod was an outstanding athlete, winning Dominion championship honours, and captaining the New Glasgow football and track teams.) From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.
  • Gravemarker– Grave Marker of Major Hugh Murray MacLeod, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, located in Ranville, Normandy, France.
Photo extracted from the 3rd Para Brigade WW II Re-Enactors website.

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