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Canadian Soldiers murdered in Normandy in 1944


We owe a debt of gratitude to Howard Margolian whose book Conduct Unbecoming: The Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy puts a human face on a little known facet of Canadian history. In June 1944, during the height of the Allied offensive in Normandy, more than 150 soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Division lost their lives after being captured by troops of Nazi Germany’s 12th SS Panzer Division ‘Hitler Youth’. Through Margolian’s carefully-documented research, we know most of their names and the horrific circumstances of their deaths. They were mainly unmarried young men in their twenties, who came from every province of Canada, although the majority were from Ontario (30%) and Manitoba (28%). 77 percent were of British extraction, 9 percent Cree or Mi’kmaq, and of the remaining 15 percent, there were five francophones, four Ukrainians, three Scandinavians, two Poles, two Rumanians, one Russian, one Dutchman, and one German. They came from different circumstances, but they had some things in common. Like their 3rd Division comrades, they had “their unit, their training, and the conviction that their sacrifice, should it be necessary, would be for the greater good.” According to Margolian, there was “one other thing that bound these men to one another.” They were all Canadians.

In order to honour their sacrifice, we have added their names here for remembrance. Perhaps through the collective memory of Canadians across this country, we can tell their stories in full. Consider this page a beginning. For a related student activity, see the teachers' guide entitled "The Murders at the Château d’Audrieu: A Case Study."


Click on soldiers' surnames to view more information:

Adams, William Charles Gill, George Vincent Mont, Thomas Edward
Anderson, Harry Earl Gold, David Sidney Moore, Raymond
Angel, Harold Sendford Gosse, Silby Morin, Norman J.
Arsenault, Joseph Francis Grant, Thomas John Douglas Morrison, Wesley Kenneth
Arsenault, Joseph Ralph Guiboche, Lawrence Roderick Moss, James Alvin
Bailey, Harold Weldon Gurney, Robert Joseph Muntion, George
Barker, Reginald Donald Hancock, Arthur R. H. Murray, John Bernard
Baskerville, Ernest Charles Hargreaves, Jeffrey Douglas Mutch, Robert
Beaudoin, Oscar Joseph Harkness, Alvin John James Nichol, William
Bebee, Charles Wesley Harper, Robert J. O’Leary, Gerard James
Bellefontaine, Oswald Joseph Harrison, Francis David Orford, Douglas Sumner
Benner, George A Henry, Thomas Haliburton Ostir, Frank
Beresford, William Hill, John William Owens, Allan R.
Birston, Hilliard John Henry Hodge, Frederick Edward Parisian, Percy
Bishoff, Emanuel Holness, Frederick William George Perry, Clayton George
Bolt, James Elgin Horton, Charles Allan Peterson, Alfred Martin
Booth, Walter James Ionel, John Philip, Harold George
Borne, Cecil Murray Izzard, William Lyall Poho, William
Bowes, Arnold David Jones, Henry Charles Pollard, George Gerald
Bradley, Ernest William Julian, Anthony Povol, Ervin
Brown, George Andrew Keeping, Reginald Preston, Lee Irwin
Brown, Lorne Kines, Clare Davidson Reid, James Allan
Brown, Rev. Walter Leslie Kyle, James Ferris Reynolds, Henry Edward
Bullock, Paul Labrecque, Hervé A. Riggs, Cecil
Burnett, Donald James Lawrence, Kenneth Samuel Rodgers, Henry
Campbell, John Ramage Leclaire, Joseph André Ryckman, Frank
Charron, Albert A. Lefort, Elmer Joseph Sawatzky, John
Chartrand, Lawrence Lewis, Gordon James Scott, Robert
Chartrand, Louis Lockhead, Roger Scriven, Gilbert Harold
Cook, Etsel John Loucks, William David Clinton Sigurdson, Kjartan
Cranfield, Ernest William Lychowich, John Louis Silverberg, Frank
Cresswell, Sidney J. MacDonald, Charles John Simmons, William E
Crowe, Ivan Lee MacDonald, Hugh Allan Slywchuk, Steve
Culleton, Stewart MacKinnon, James W. Smith, Edward
Daniels, Walter MacLeod, Angus Murdo Smith, Frederick
Davidson, Thomas Roy MacRae, Roderick Norman Smith, Richard George
Doherty, Walter Michael Marych, Frederick H. Smuck, Harry L.
Doucette, Charles McGinnis, William J. Sutton, Lawrence Francis
Dumont, John Donald McIntosh, James D. Taylor, James Albert
Fagnan, Anthony A. McIntyre, Joseph Francis Thomas, William D.
Ferguson, William Stewart McKeil, Hollis L. Thompson, John Allen
Findlay, Robert Munro McKinnon, William Lewis Tobin, Douglas Vincent
Firman, Roger Joseph McLaughlin, Thomas Charles Vickery, Nelson J.
Fleet, Lambert Avery McNaughton, George Richard Webster, James Stanley
Fontaine, George Meakin, Frank Vernon Willett, Gerald Leslie
Forbes, John Meakin, George Edward Williams, Fred
Freeman, Lant Metcalfe, John Williams, James Patrick
Fuller, Austin Ralph Millar, George Edward Windsor, Thomas Alfred Lee
Gilbank, Ernest N. Moloney, David T.  

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