Juno Beach Tributes: D-Day Fallen Sappers

D-Day Beaches by Orville Fisher - himself trained as a Sapper before becoming the only war artist to land on D-Day.
Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery – With the exception of LCpl Freguson, 17 of the 18 Canadian Sappers killed during the assault are buried in this cemetery located at Reviers, about 4 kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. LCpl Ferguson has no known grave and is remembered at the Bayeux Memorial. (Photo by J. Stephens)
This memorial lists the names of soldiers of the 8th Infantry Brigade killed during the assault.  Among the names are six members of the 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers.
Publication Date: 
02 Jun 2015

As part of its activities to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, in 2014 the Juno Beach Center released a “Tributes” feature to recognize each Canadian Soldier who died on 6 June 1944 during the Normandy Invasion.

The details in the Tributes were initially incomplete, however, and the CMEA undertook to ensure that an appropriate tribute was published for each of our 18 D-Day Fallen Sappers. Our work is now completed. Our start point has been the work of the "Lest We Forget" project led by Blake Seward, a teacher at Smiths Falls Collegiate in Smiths Falls, ON. His students undertook the research on several of our Sappers. Vince Larocque from the 6th Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association greatly assisted with the Tributes for the 6th Field personnel and Stanley Fields of the 5th Field Company Veterans Association assisted with the narratives of the sappers from 'The Fighting Fifth'.

Most of the Sappers supporting the landing of the 3rd Canadian Division that day landed ahead of the assaulting infantry. Sapper casualties were proportionately among the highest of all branches.

Tributes

Take a moment to view the tributes to our D-Day sappers who sacrificed their lives. Scroll through the complete set to appreciate the many ‘Average Canadians” who responded to the call during WW II and how each one contributed to the successful D-Day invasion.

Clicking on each name will take you to a personalised page for each. Use the menu on the right to go through the names and their stories.

 

Sapper Maxwell Gilder Adams 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sergeant Paul Barrette, 16th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Alexander Bleoo, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Ronald Norman Brewer, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Harold Nelson Cowan, 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sergeant John Percival Downing, 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Lance Corporal John Thomas Kellington Ferguson, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Arthur Thomas Jackson, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Arthur Herbert Johnson, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Leo Lacroix, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Alfred James Leslie Martin, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Corporal Alwyn Kenneth Ross, 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper James Ernest Sawdon, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Raymond Reginald Sparkes, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Lieutenant Donald Stalker, 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Howard Stolar, 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Arthur D. Switzer, 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Sapper Robert Daniel Tarlington, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers