On 6 June 1944, Allied troops invaded Western Europe Beaches along an 80-kilometre front in Normandy, France. Of the nearly 150,000 troops who landed, 14,000 were Canadians. They assaulted a beach code-named ‘Juno’ while Canadian paratroopers landed just east of the assault beaches. The Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the 21st Army Group. Canadians had 1074 casualties including 359 killed four of whom were members of The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and a Wireless Air Gunner from the RCAF. On this the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, it is important to remember the five members of our Branch who were killed during that momentous day – 6 June 1944.  Below are the names of those of our Branch who were killed on D-Day.  In 2014, for the 70th Anniversary and in conjunction with the Juno Beach Centre former members of our Branch participated in sponsoring markers for all Canadian Soldiers who died including the members of our Branch.   Once again we remember and commemorate all who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today…WE WILL REMEMBER THEM! 

Lieutenant Robert Bruce Murchison, RCCS, from Ottawa, ON, age 23, buried at Beny-sur-Mer Section /Row/ Grave I.B.6

Warrant Officer 1 Nathan Berger, RCAF Wireless Air Gunner, from Montreal, QC, age 22, buried at Ranville Cemetery Section /Row/ Grave V. B. 1-22. Ranville Cemetery is 20 minutes from Pegasus Bridge.  It is a large cemetery (2000) with over 50 1st Canadian Parachute Bn casualties buried inc WO1 Berger and 10 other RCAF casualties.

Corporal Elmer Swan, RCCS, from Prescott, ON, age 23, buried at Beny-sur-Mer, Section /Row/ Grave V. E. 13.

Lance Corporal Francis Trainor, RCCS, from Charlottetown, PEI, age 23, buried at Beny-sur-Mer Section /Row/ Grave I. F. 13.


“Throughout 2014, the Juno Beach Centre will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. This is a rare opportunity to draw special attention to the Canadian veterans who participated in the Normandy Campaign, including those who lost their lives on 6 June 1944”. Juno Beach 70th Anniversary 


Bayeux Memorial has 1800+ names for those Second World War Commonwealth members with no known grave including 60+ Canadians including Cpl Hauk, eight signallers, six from 1st Canadian Parachute.

In 2024, Veterans Affairs Canada and our partners will commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

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