Private, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders,
Service Number: B/147992
who died on
Tuesday, July 4, 1944
Son of William Hall Kinnear and Clara Ann Kinnear; husband of
Edress Mae Kinnear, of St. Catharines, Ontario
Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France
XII. G. 1.
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is about 1 kilometre east
of the village of Reviers, on the Creully-Tailleville-Ouistreham
road (D.35). Reviers is a village and commune in the Department
of the Calvados. It is located 15 kilometres north-west of Caen
and 18 kilometres east of Bayeux and 3.5 kilometres south of
Courseulles, a village on the sea coast. The village of Beny-sur-Mer
is some 2 kilometres south-east of the cemetery. The bus service
between Caen and Arromanches (via Reviers and Ver-sur-Mer) passes
It was on the coast just to the north that the 3rd Canadian
Division landed on 6th June 1944; on that day, 335 officers and
men of that division were killed in action or died of wounds.
In this cemetery are the graves of Canadians who gave their lives
in the landings in Normandy and in the earlier stages of the
subsequent campaign. Canadians who died during the final stages
of the fighting in Normandy are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize
Canadian War Cemetery. There are a total of 2048 burials in Beny-sur-Mer
Canadian War Cemetery. There is also one special memorial erected
to a soldier of the Canadian Infantry Corps who is known to have
been buried in this cemetery, but the exact site of whose grave
could not be located.
The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy
landings of 6 June 1944. Many of those buried in Beny-sur-Mer
Canadian War Cemetery were men of the 3rd Canadian Division who
died either on 6 June or during the early days of the advance
towards Caen, when the Division engaged a German battle group
formed from the 716th Division and the 21st Panzer Division.
The cemetery contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority
Canadian, and 19 of them unidentified.
Commemorated on Page 353 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.
The Book of Remembrance is in the Memorial Chamber, which occupies
the second level of the Peace Tower in the Houses of Parliament,