Canadian War Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize, Normandy – France


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Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery

Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery

On the west side of the road from Caen to Falaise, the N158 in Normandy – France, lies a Canadian war cemetery.
It lies about 14 kilometres south of Caen and just north of Cintheaux.

There are 2958 World War Two burials here, the majority is Canadian. 87 of them are unidentified soldiers, it is one of the larger Canadian war cemetery of the Second World War in Europe.

Cross of Sacrifice at Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize

Cross of Sacrifice at Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize

Hypostyle Hall in Canadian War Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize

Hypostyle Hall in the Canadian War Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize

F.C. Young, Fallen on the 9th of June 1944, 3 days after D-Day

F.C. Young, Fallen on the 9th of June 1944, 3 days after D-Day

Most of the fallen soldiers on this field of honour fell on later stages during the Battle for Normandy.
They fell during the assault on Caen, near Saint-André-sur-Orne  and during the assist to close the Falaise gap. This thrust southwards was led by the 4th Canadian Division who fought alongside the 1st Polish Armoured Division.

Soldiers from nearly  every unit in the Canadian 2nd Corps are present on this cemetery together with 80 British soldiers, some Australian soldiers, a French soldier and soldier from New Zealand.
Canadian soldiers who were killed in the earlier stages of the Battle of Normandy are buried near Juno Beach.

Overview on Canadian War Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize

Overview on Canadian War Cemetery Bretteville-Sur-Laize

Memorial Gerard Doré

Memorial Gerard Doré

In front of the cemetery is an area which is named, “Place Gerard Doré”, in honour of Gerard Doré who volunteered in the Canadian Army and joined the regiment “Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal” at the age of 15.
Private Gerard Doré was killed on the 23rd July 1944 when he was only 16 years old.
He has his final resting place on this cemetery.

Place Gerard Doré Cintheaux

Place Gerard Doré

Canadian Flag at Bretteville-Sur-Laize

Canadian flag at Bretteville-Sur-Laize





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