Lieutenant, Regina Rifle Regiment, R.C.I.C.,
Service Number: 1010180
who died on
Tuesday, 6th June 1944
Son of George Dodsworth Dickin and Martha Amelia "Christopher"
Dickin, of Manor, Saskatchewan.
Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France
Panel Number: XVII. C. 1.
This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen
to Falaise (route N158) about 14 kilometres south of Caen and
just north of the village of Cintheaux. The village of Bretteville
lies 3 kilometres south-west of the cemetery.
Buried here are those who 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, and thus seal off the German divisions
fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine.
Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the
Cemetery. There are now 2957, 1939-45 Commonwealth war casualties
commemorated in this site. Of these 87 are unidentified. Also
commemorated here are 1 non-world war and 1 Foreign National
The Regina assault companies had a hard struggle in clearing
a succession of strongpoints in the eastern half of Courseulles;
and one of their followup companies met disaster when several
of the landing craft were blown up on mined obstacles which the
incoming tide had covered. Only 49 officers and men survived.
Dickin Island in the Foster Lake Area of northern Saskatchewan
was named in his honour.
Commemorated on Page 291 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,