beny-sur-mer canadian war cemetery

Cockleshell Heroes
By C.E.Lucas Phillips


The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944.

Many of those buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery were men of the 3rd Canadian Division who died either on 6 June or during the early days of the advance towards Caen, when the Division engaged a German battle group formed from the 716th Division and the 21st Panzer Division.

The cemetery, designed by P.D. Hepworth, contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority Canadian, and 19 of them unidentified.
  1. RAF SPECIAL DUTIES Dalglish, William Logan

    SURNAMEDalglish FORENAMEWilliam Logan UNIT138 Squadron (R.C.A.F.) RANKSergeant NUMBERR/223820 DATE OF DEATH6th August 1944 AGE20 GRAVESITEBeny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,France IX.F.1 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONson of George and Olga (nee Logan) Dalglish,Ottawa,Ontario,Canada air gunner SOE...
  2. CANADIAN PARA Troughton, Thomas Benjamin

    SURNAMETroughton FORENAMEThomas Benjamin UNIT RANKRifleman NUMBERH/41482 DATE OF DEATH4th July 1944 AGE25 GRAVESITEBeny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,France IX.C.11 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONson of Thomas Benjamin and Ada T. Troughton,Altamont,Manitoba Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 6th Airborne...
  3. CANADIAN PARA Fritz, Howard Edward

    SURNAMEFritz FORENAMEHoward Edward UNIT RANKPrivate NUMBERM/8139 DATE OF DEATH17th August 1944 AGE20 GRAVESITEBeny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,France XII.G.6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONson of George and Agatha Fritz,Whitelaw,Alberta former Canadian Scottish Regiment non parachutist reinforcement...
  4. CANADIAN PARA Hanlon, Charles Edmund

    SURNAMEHanlon FORENAMECharles Edmund UNIT RANKSergeant NUMBERG/32888 DATE OF DEATH6th July 1944 AGE23 GRAVESITEBeny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,France II.F.13 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONson of Judson Cleveland and Mary Elsie Hanlon,Alma,Albert County,New Brunswick DOW Normandy
  5. CANADIAN PARA Genereaux, John William

    SURNAME Genereaux FORENAME John William UNIT RANK Private NUMBER A/105185 DATE OF DEATH 11th August 1944 AGE 21 GRAVESITE Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,France XIV.B.6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Fred L. and Nellie Genereaux,London,Ontario former 1st Hussars DOW...
  6. CANADIAN PARA Black, Alan

    SURNAMEBlack FORENAMEAlan UNIT RANKPrivate NUMBERB/147225 DATE OF DEATH26th August 1944 AGE18 GRAVESITEBeny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,France XII.C.11 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONborn Toronto eldest son of Lt Paul Otto and late Agnes Lister Girdwood Dunn Black,Fredericton,New Brunswick nephew of...