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Lou Warren Somers

In memory of:

Flying Officer Lou Warren Somers

June 25, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/8219

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

427 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, the Air Crew Europe Star, the Defence Medal, the General Service Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


Born:

January 21, 1918
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Joseph and Betty (née Behr) Somers, of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Harold Milton, Gerald George, Annie, Mrs. Gordon Shulman and Mrs. Ralph Bregman.

He attended Huron Public School from 1923 to 1931, Harbord Collegiate from 1931 to 1936. In 1940, he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. While attending the university, he belonged to Sigma Alpha Mu, the Commerce Club and Economics Department.

He was the Athletic Director of University College from September 1939 to May 1940 were he coached the Intermural Football Team. He was the recipient of the Cody Trophy presented by H.J. Cody, President of the University of Toronto for best all-round athlete. He was the holder of T and U.C. First Letters, and the Jules and Jay J. Allen Award for 1st standing in 2nd year Commerce and Finance.

He played hockey and track extensively, soccer and lacrosse moderately and skied occasionally. His hobbies were photography, reading and economics.

Commemorated on Page 215 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:

XIX. E. 12.

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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star October 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Lou Warren Somers– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Lou Somers– Lou Somers is honoured on page 74 of the memorial book,
CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties,
compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948.  
This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume.  For additional information about these archival records, please contact:
The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives 
1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2 
facsimile:  514-931-0548 
website:     www.cjc.ca
  • Illustrated article– Flying Officer Lou Warren Somers is honoured in this illustrated article published by the Canadian Jewish Congress.  This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume.  For additional information about these archival records, please contact:
The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives 
1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2 
facsimile:  514-931-0548 
website:     www.cjc.ca
  • Crest– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … F/O Somers is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands and is also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … F/O Somers is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands and is also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … F/O Somers is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands and is also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … F/O Somers is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands and is also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … F/O Somers is buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands and is also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Lou Warren Somers is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Lou Warren Somers is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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