Friday, July 29, 2016

Pte. John Laird Learmonth

John was born in Montreal to Walter and Jane Learmonth on 8/July/1921. He was a fresh water/great lakes sailor, worked for the Canada Steamship Lines and was a member of the Canada’s Seamans Union.

He enlisted at Camp Niagra with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada R.C.I.C.

John’s was first stationed in Kingston, Jamaica as a guard then later went to France as a wireless operator.

Pte. Learmonth was Killed In Action on 9/Aug/1944 in France and is interred at Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.


Historical note:

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

For the most part, those buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards - led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions - to close the Falaise Gap.

Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the cemetery.

The cemetery contains 2,958 Second World War burials, the majority Canadian, and 87 of them unidentified
Pte. Learmonth was awarded:

Good Conduct Badge
CVSM with clasp
France-Germany Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-1945

There is no headstone photograph available at this time.

He was survived by his mother Jane and two sisters, his father Walter preceded him in death on 26/Nov/1940.

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