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William Edward McAleese

In memory of:

Captain William Edward McAleese

July 18, 1944

Military Service


Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Fort Garry Horse, R.C.A.C.

Division:

10th Armd. Regt.

Additional Information


Born:

November 14, 1915
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

March 24, 1941
Borden, Ontario

Son of William and Matilda McAleese, of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Thomas McAleese who went missing on November 27, 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Commemorated on Page 381 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Calvados, France

Grave Reference:

Panel 19, Column 2.

Location:

The Bayeux Memorial is located on the by-pass Rue de Sir Fabian Ware, in the south-western outskirts of the town of Bayeux, in Normandy, about 24 kilometres north-west of Caen. The memorial was erected in honour of the 1,803 men of the land forces who died in the fighting in Normandy and in the advance to the River Seine, and who have no known grave.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Inscription– Bayeux Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– Toronto Star "Pages of the Past" onllin
1945 Mar. 2  p 31
  • Newspaper clipping– Toronto Star "Pages of the Past" online
1945 Jan 3  p 8.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Soldiers' Tower Memorial– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “Capt W. E. McALEESE C.A.C.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 42 reads: “Capt William Edward McALEESE  The Fort Garry Horse, 10 Armoured Regt, RCAC. College of Pharmacy, OhmB 1939. Killed in action in Normandy, 18 July 1944. Name inscribed on the Bayeux Memorial, France.”
  • Photo of William Edward McAleese– Photograph of McAleese from Torontonensis, University of Toronto yearbook, 1939

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