Canadian Soldiers Murdered in Normandy
While Prisoners of War

In June 1944, over 100 Canadian prisoners of war were murdered by their captors of the 12th SS "Hitlerjugend" Panzergrenadier Division.  Their murders, and the consequent search for justice, is well documented in the book Conduct Unbecoming: The Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy by Howard Margolian (ISBN 0802083609) (University of Toronto Press, 1998).   Two British soldiers were also murdered during the killings of Canadian POWs, Private E. Hayton and Private W. Barlow.  Margolian does not identify all the victims in the book; any additional information will be gratefully accepted by the webmaster.

Date Unit Subunit Rank Name Custodial Unit
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders A Company
7 Platoon
Private Brown, Lorne

3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt

7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Nichol, William 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders C Company Corporal Davidson, Thomas 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Murray, John 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Julian, Anthony 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Webster, James 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren RgtI
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders     ? 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders     ? 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders     ? 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders     ? 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders     Metcalfe, John 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders A Company Lance Corporal Arsenault, Joseph R. 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Hargreaves, Jeffrey Douglas 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Corporal McKinnon, William Lewis 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Lance Corporal Taylor, James Albert 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Arsenault, Joseph Frank 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Orford, Douglas Sumner 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private MacRae, Roderick 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Tobin, Douglas 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
Rgt HQ Honourary Captain Brown, Walter 3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944         3rd Battalion
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders B Company Private McKeil, Hollis

Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt

7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Corporal McIntyre, Joseph Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Crowe, Ivan Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Doucette, Charles Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Moss, James Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
  Lieutenant Windsor, Thomas Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
  Trooper Bolt, James Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
  Trooper Gill, George Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
  Trooper Henry, Thomas Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
  Trooper Lockhead, Roger Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
7 June 1944 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(Sherbrooke Fusiliers)
  Trooper Philp, Harold Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Doherty, Walter Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Keeping, Reg Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private MacDonald, Hugh Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private McNaughton, George Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Millar, George Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Mont, Thomas Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 North Nova Scotia Highlanders   Private Moore, Raymond

Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt

8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company Major Hodge, Frederick 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Lance Corporal Fuller, Austin 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Smith, Frederick 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Gold, David 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman McIntosh, James 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Thomas, William 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Corporal Meakin, George 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Corporal Meakin, Frank 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Adams, William 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Bishoff, Emmanuel 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Chartrand, Lawrence 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Cresswell, Sidney 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Fagnan, Anthony 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Harper, Robert 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Labreque, Herve 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Lychowich, John 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Mutch, Robert 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Rodgers, Henry 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles A Company
9 Platoon
Rifleman Slywchuk, Steve 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Lance Corporal Poho, William 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Chartrand, Louis 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Lawrence, Kenneth 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Ostir, Frank 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Harrison, Francis 12th Recon Bn
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Lieutenant Ferguson, William 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Sergeant Reid, James 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Corporal Brown, George 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Corporal Firman, Roger 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Corporal Kines, Clare 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Corporal Kyle, James 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Corporal Scott, Robert 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Lance Corporal Culleton, Stewart 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Lance Corporal Hill, John 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Booth, Walter 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Bradley, Ernest 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Daniels, Walter 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Findlay, Robert 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Freeman, Lant 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Guiboche, Lawrence 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Horton, Charles 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Jones, Henry 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Lefort, Elmer 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Lewis, Gordon 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman MacLeod, Angus 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Marych, Frederick 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Sigurdson, Kjartan 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Smith, Edward 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Thompson, John 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Smith, Richard 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA   Lieutenant Barker, Reginald 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA   Sergeant Beresford, William 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA   Gunner Birston, Hilliard 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA   Gunner Grant, Thomas 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA   Gunner Harkness, Alvin 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
8 June 1944 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa   Private Burnett, Donald 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
9 June 1944 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa   Private Angel, Harold 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
9 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Holness,Frederick 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
9 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles   Rifleman Baskerville, Ernest 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Lance Corporal Moloney, David unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Borne, Cecil unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Morin, Norman unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Sawatzky, John unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Bebee, Charles unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Gurney, Robert unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Vickery, Nelson unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Corporal Povol, Ervin unknown
9 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment   Rifleman Anderson, Harry Earl unknown
9 June 1944 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa     ? unknown
9 June 1944 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa     ? unknown
9 June 1944 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa     ? unknown
9 June 1944 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa     ? unknown
10 June 1944 Regina Rifle Regiment B Company Rifleman Gilbank, Ernest Nelson unknown
11 June 1944 6th Field Company,
Royal Canadian Engineers
  Sapper Ionel, John Regimental HQ
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
11 June 1944 6th Field Company,
Royal Canadian Engineers
  Sapper Benner, John Regimental HQ
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
11 June 1944 Royal Winnipeg Rifles B Company Rifleman Owens, Allan Regimental HQ
26 SS Pz Gren Rgt
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
C Squadron Sergeant Simmons, William 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
C Squadron Trooper Preston, Lee Irwin 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Captain Smuck, Harry 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Hancock, Arthur 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Loucks, William David Possibly 12th SS
Div Eng
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Silverberg, Frank Possibly 12th SS
Div Eng
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Charron, Albert 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Leclaire, Joseph 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
B Squadron Trooper Sutton, Lawrence Francis unknown
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
B Squadron Trooper Dumont, John unknown
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Bowes, Arnold 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Scriven, Gilbert 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
11 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Warrant Officer
Class II
Forbes, John 2nd Battalion
26 SS Pz Gren Rg
17 June 1944 Stormont, Dundas and
Glengarry Highlanders
D Company Lieutenant Williams, Fred Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
17 June 1944 Stormont, Dundas and
Glengarry Highlanders
D Company Lance Corporal Pollard, George Regimental HQ
25 SS Pz Gren Rgt
17 June 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(1st Hussars)
  Trooper Perry, Clayton Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng
17 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Sergeant McLaughlin, Thomas Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng
17 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Corporal Cook, Etsel Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng
17 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Campbell, John Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng
17 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Willett, Gerald Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng
17 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Cranfield, Ernest Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng
17 June 1944 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada   Rifleman Bullock, Paul Headquarters
12th SS Div Eng