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Harvey George Willmott Bean

In memory of:

Captain Harvey George Willmott Bean

February 14, 1945

Military Service


Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


Son of Harvey George and Eva Mae Bean, of Toronto, Ontario. School Captain, University of Toronto Schools.

Commemorated on Page 494 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. D. 5.

Location:

Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of George Bean– Captain George Bean joined the QOR of C as a rifleman and was commissioned from the ranks several years later. He was in command of 17 Platoon of D Company on D-Day. Bean was wounded during the
fight at Le Mesnil Patry on 11 June 1944 and was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding leadership in the midst of a military debacle. 
Following his return to the Regiment, he was killed in a heavy artillery bombardment during the Rhineland campaign on 14 Feb 45.
  • Obituary– This copy of Captain Bean's obituary was obtained from a Toronto newspaper in 1945 by Mrs. Josie McQuade.
  • Grave marker– This photo of Capt Bean's gravemarker at Groesbeek Cemetery was taken in June 2003.
  • Newspaper Clipping

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