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Kenneth Donald Duncanson

In memory of:

Private Kenneth Donald Duncanson

September 14, 1944


Molentje, Belgium

Military Service


Service Number:

A/88028

Age:

29

Force:

Army

Unit:

Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

June 7, 1915
Wallacetown, Ontario

Enlistment:

August 24, 1942
Listowel, Ontario

Son of Donald and Floretta Duncanson. Husband of Mabel Lillian Duncanson, of Dutton, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 296 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:

II. AB. 5.

Location:

Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Grave Marker– Headstone Kenneth Donald Duncanson (photo: 2017/01/28)
  • Grave Marker– Numerous tokens of remembrance have been added to Pte Duncanson's grave since his reburial. Taken 19 April 2017
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Pte Duncanson was born in Wallacetown, Ontario on 7 June 1915. Image used with permission from Pte Duncanson’s family.
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Prior to enlisting, Pte Duncanson 
worked as a truck driver with the 
Strathcona Creamery in Dutton, 
Ontario. Image used with 
permission from Pte 
Duncanson’s family.
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Pte Duncanson enlisted 
in the Canadian army 
in Listowel, Ontario 
on 24 August 1942. 
Image used with permission 
from Pte Duncanson's family.
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Pte Duncanson underwent 
training at Camp Ipperwash 
near Sarnia, Ontario, from 
the autumn of 1942 until 
August 1943. Image used 
with permission from Pte 
Duncanson's family.
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Kenneth Donald Duncanson’s remains were discovered by two Belgian hobbyists during an excursion to find military artifacts near the hamlet of Molentje on Rembrance Day, 2014.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/missing-for-seven-decades-canadian-soldier-set-to-receive-proper-burial/article30113420/
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Pte Duncanson was declared 
“Missing in Action” after 
the Battle of Molentje on 
14 September 1944. 
Image used with 
permission from 
Pte Duncanson’s family.
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– Pte Duncanson was eventually 
confirmed “Killed In Action” 
on 14 September 1944. He 
was 29 years old. 
Image used with 
permission from 
Pte Duncanson’s family.
  • Photo of Kenneth Donald Duncanson– For his service, Pte Duncanson 
was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, 
the France & Germany Star, the 
Defence Medal, the War Medal, 
and the C.V.S.M. & Clasp. 
Image used with permission 
from Pte Duncanson’s family.
  • Memorial– Pte Duncanson was survived 
by his wife Mabel Lillian 
Duncanson, who prepared 
this above collage in his 
memory. Image used with 
permission from Pte 
Duncanson's family.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Globe and Mail - May 21, 2016 - his body was found and he will have a proper burial.
  • Story of Kenneth Duncanson reburial
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  • Funeral Procession– Members of The Algonquin Regiment carry the casket containing the remains of Private Kenneth Duncanson during his burial ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, near Brugge, Belgium, on September 14, 2016. Private Duncanson died exactly 72 years ago during the Second World War.
  • Funeral Procession– Members of The Algonquin Regiment carry the casket containing the remains of Private Kenneth Duncanson during his burial ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, near Brugge, Belgium, on September 14, 2016. Private Duncanson died exactly 72 years ago during the Second World War.
  • Funeral Procession– Members of The Algonquin Regiment carry the casket containing the remains of Private Kenneth Duncanson during his burial ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, near Brugge, Belgium, on September 14, 2016. Private Duncanson died exactly 72 years ago during the Second World War.
  • Funeral Procession– Members of The Algonquin Regiment carry the casket containing the remains of Private Kenneth Duncanson during his burial ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, near Brugge, Belgium, on September 14, 2016. Private Duncanson died exactly 72 years ago during the Second World War.
  • Funeral
  • Funeral Procession– Members of The Algonquin Regiment carry the casket containing the remains of Private Kenneth Duncanson during his burial ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, near Brugge, Belgium, on September 14, 2016. Private Duncanson died exactly 72 years ago during the Second World War.
  • Funeral– On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Private Kenneth Donald Duncanson was laid to rest with military honours by his unit, The Algonquin Regiment, at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery in Belgium. And of course the funeral was attended by his relatives, namely David Johnson and Judith Thomas, brother and sister (side by side in the center of the picture). Pte Duncanson was a Second World War soldier whose remains were identified in May of this year.
Information courtesy of Walter Cami, HSAR
  • Funeral
  • Funeral– Family members present a wreath in memory of Kenneth Donald Duncanson
  • Funeral– Representatives of the The Algonquin Regiment presents a wreath in memory of Kenneth Donald Duncanson.
  • Grave Marker– The headstone for the grave of Private Kenneth Duncanson is framed with wreaths and flowers during a burial ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, near Brugge, Belgium, on September 14, 2016. Private Duncanson died exactly 72 years ago during the Second World War.
  • Cemetery– Photo Courtesy of Walter Cami.
  • Grave Marker– Photo Courtesy of Walter Cami.

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