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Ralph Tupper Ferns

In memory of:

Private Ralph Tupper Ferns

August 14, 1944
Haut-Mesnil, France

Military Service


Service Number:

B/68347

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Regiment of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp

Additional Information


Born:

June 18, 1919
Kherr, Tipperary, Ireland

Enlistment:

December 2, 1941
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Ralph and Frances Ferns of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of William and Frederick Ferns.

Commemorated on Page 303 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:

XXVIII. D. 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

  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Roll of Honour
  • Memorial– Bayeux Memorial - August 2012
  • Inscription– Panel on Bayeux Memorial to the Missing.
  • Inscription– Inscription on the Bayeux Memorial - August 2012
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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