Juno Beach Tributes: D-Day Fallen Sappers

Jun 06
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 at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer 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.

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 CMEA undertook to ensure that an appropriate tribute was published for each of our 18 D-Day Fallen Sappers.

Our start point was 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 the late Stanley Fields of the 5th Field Company Veterans Association assisted with the narratives of the sappers from 'The Fighting Fifth'.

These RCE units were part of the Assaulting Force on D-Day: 5, 6, 16 and 18 Field Companies and  3 Field Park Company. 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.


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. 

See also: Sapper Gallanrty on the Normandy Beaches