History of Canada in World War II


Brief Review

Sept 3, 1939 Battle of the Atlantic begins

Sept 10, 1939 Canada officially enters the Second World War.

August 19, 1942 Canadians take part in raid on Dieppe.

July 10, 1943 Canadians come ashore in Sicilly.


David Anderson, Renfrew CoDavid Gillespie ANDERSON  Lt Col (Ret) Royal Artillery British Army July 10, 1931—September 16, 2009 Peacefully at home in White Lake Ontario on September 16, 2009 surrounded by family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 78.

Survived by his loving wife Dolores (MacDonald). Father Dear to David (Lita), Lois (Greg Wyman) and Susie (Damian Hanel) by his first marriage to Dee (Anderson nee Wood). Caring stepfather to Laurie Stapleton (Tony) and Ian MacDonald (Kelly). Loving grandfather to Shadine (Kevin Robinson), Holly (Chris Leroux) Andrew, Lee, Aislyn, Timothy, Nicholas, Tyler and Victoria. Step grandfather to Ryan MacDonald and Emmalee Mussel and great grandfather to Kayleigh-Daisy Resting at The Boyce Funeral Home Ltd Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N. Arnprior Friends and family were invited to attend a short visitation at 11: a.m. on Sunday September 20, 2009 followed by a memorial service in the Boyce Chapel at 12 noon. A private interment was held at a later date.


Alexander Gillespie, Leading Aircraftman, died Jan 6, 1983, age 65.  Royal Canadian Air Force. Service ID R84066. Regular Force, Port Colborne, Ontario Legion branch.

Alexander GillespieAlexander David Gillespie, Nov 17, 1919-Feb 11, 2008. Passed away peacefully at his home on Feb 11th at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ethel Grace, in October of 2007. He is survived by his three sons: Brian (Judy); Stewart (Susan); and Stephen (Linda). He was a veteran of WWII, where he was a member of the Royal Air Force, flying on the bombers as a Flight Engineer, and surviving POW camps for two years. He immigrated to Calgary. Arrangments by Leyden Funeral Home. Published in Calgary Herald Feb 15, 2008.

Andrew Peter Gillespie, Canadian, birth Aug 8, 1920. ID L/13300, Private, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 16 Gen Hospital, died Friday April 20, 1945, age 24. s/o Donald Arthur & Maggie May Gillespie of Rocanville, Saskatchewan. Buried Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, NETHERLANDS.

Arnold K Gillespie, Leading Aircraftman, died Feb 30, 2004, age 82. Royal Canadian Air Force, Service No R196741. Legion Branch City of Coquitlam,  British Columbia

Arthur James (“A. J.”) Gillespie, ID C/50798, Gunner, Royal Canadian Artillery, 14th Field Reg. b Nov 12, 1920.  Died Friday Oct 27, 1944, age 23, s/o Hugh & Mary  Fraser Gillespie of Smith Falls, Ontario Canada. Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Madlegem Oost-Vianndurst, BELGIUM


Bernie Gillespie passed away Tuesday morning, Nov 17, 2009 having lived 89 years. Married to Jackie for 63 years, and deeply committed to community service, a Royal Canadian Legion member. He was a vet of World War II. Along with his wife, Bernie is survived by his children: Sharon (Rick), Mike (Deb), Eileen (Andrew), Sheila, Margie (Brian), and Kathleen (Darryl); grandchildren Michael, Mary Frances, Jennifer, Brian, Andrew, Katie, Jessica, Alex and Lucas; great grandchildren Alice and Lucy; brothers Don, Terry, Brian and Pat; his sister Mary; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Raymond and Vincent. Funeral Mass held at St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church, Sackville on Saturday, Nov 21 at 11:00 am. Burial at RC Cemetery in Dorchester. Jones Funeral Home.  (In See wife’ obit under Jackie Gillespie.

Bill Gillespie died at the Brantford General Hospital on Thursday, Feb 8, 2007. Bill Gillespie born Dec 19, 1921 was a loving husband for 62 years to Kathleen. Devoted father to Janie Atfield and her partner Ed English; Barbara and her partner Ross Richards of Hamilton, and Cameron Gillespie. Papa of Jennifer and her husband Chuck Hebert, Courtney Pearce, Kern Richards and John Richards of Hamilton. Great Grandfather of Colin and Kendra Hebert. Brother-in-law to Ellen and Gordon Riddel and uncle to Christopher and Blake Riddel of Caledonia. Bill was a veteran of WWII having served in the Royal Canadian Air Force a a navigator. He received the Caterpillar Pin from the Canadian Government for being held a prisoner of war in Germany. He retired a a Lieutenant Commander. He became an Office Manager, Chief Accountant and Assistant Treasurer, then Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Order of Foresters for a total of 31 years of service. He served on the Board of Govenors of the St Joseph Hospital Foundation for a number of years. Funeral service at the Chapel of Dennis Toll Funeral Home in Brantford  on Saturday, Feb 10 at 3 pm. (Publication The Expositor and

Bruce Gillespie. The death occurred peacefully at Andrews of Summerside on November 23rd2022 of Bruce Gillespie; formerly of Indian River, PE. The son of the late Alexander and Dorothy Gillespie, he was born in Montreal on August 27th, 1924. Husband of the late Yvonne Gillespie who predeceased him October 13th, 2022. Bruce served with the Canadian Navy during World War II doing convoy escort in the North Atlantic. He was employed with the Royal Trust Company at various locations across Canada prior to retiring in 1979 to his farm in PEI. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Michele (Garth) McNeill of Summerside and son Alex (Sarah) of Toronto. Also left to mourn are his grandchildren Sean McNeill (Stephanie Steele) of Charlottetown, Caitlin & Ryan Gillespie of Toronto and great grandchildren Eleanor & Juliana McNeill of Charlottetown.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law Alan (Sally) Perodeau of Montreal. Bruce was predeceased by sister Elizabeth (Dr. John) Downing and brother-in-law Giles (Pooh) Perodeau. No visitation by personal request. A private committal service was held at St. Stephen Anglican Cemetery, Irishtown PE.  Arrangements entrusted to the Davison Funeral Home Kensington.


Operation Overlord was the codename for the Battle of Normandy, the pivotal June 6, 1944 operation. This colorized photo of the event depicts the Saskatchewan Regiment of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division as they landed on Juno Beach near the town of Bernieres-sur-Mer in northwestern France. Three hundred and forty Canadian troops died on the beach that day, of around 14,000 who landed ashore. A total of 160,000 soldiers crossed the English Channel on that historic day.


Charles Grant Gillespie, Captain, flew in Lancaster Bomber. Ret ‘d to live out his life in Owen Sound, Ontario,  Canada and lived to age 92. Charles  peacefully on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at Summit Place Lodge, Owen Sound in his 95th year. Loving husband of Betty (nee Graydon). Loving father of Ann and her husband Tom Kane; the late Bill and his wife Jane; Tom and his wife Katie, and Peg and her husband Joe Melanson. Proud Grampa of Brandon (Kim), Leslie (Krishman), Lindsay (Jayson), Graydon, Mitchell (Kathryn), Megan (Dean). Great grandpa of Jaylin and Savannah. Survived by his brother Walter. Grant was a Captain in the Canadian Air Force, and flew in the Lancaster bomber in WW II.  After the war Grant owed and operated Crest Hardware in Owen Sound for 40 years. Arrangements by Tannahill Funeral Home, Owen Sound. Private internment.

Charles N Gillespie, Able Seaman, died Nov 30, 2007, age 82.  Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. Service No V50259. Legion Branch St. George Branch, St. George, New Brunswick, Canada

Clarence McLean Gillespie, Leading Aircraftman, died June 4, 1983, age 59. Royal Canadian Air Force. Service No. R203507. Legion Branch: Balcarres Branch, Balcarres, Saskatchewan, Cana


D. Gordon Gillespie, Corporal, died Aug 5, 2015, age 87.  Canadian Army Service Corps. Legion branch: Kingsway Branch, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Donald Gillespie. April 14, 1920 – June 1, 2012. Don passed away peacefully with his second wife of 41 years by his side. He served in the R.C.N. during W.W. II on the North Atlantic. Prior to retiring from Canada Customs, he built a 30-foot sailboat in his backyard and when finished, sailed B.C. coastal waters. He is survived by his wife Liz, children, Michael, Daniel and Christine, granddaughter Stephanie and five stepdaughters, Mary Catherine, Sarah, Dolina, Ann and Betty. The family wishes to thank the staff at George Derby Centre. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 12 noon, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 330 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C. Columbia-Bowell Chapel

Donald Joseph Gillespie, ID 40687, Store Clerk, Birth April 14, 1920 Moncton, New Brunswick. Roman Catholic. Royal Canadian Navy

Dorothy Louise Gillespie, b 1922. Veteran Guard of Canada & Canadian Women’s Army Corps


Earl Gillespie, Lieutenant, hometown Kitchener, Waterloo Co Ontario. no details.

Earl Victor Gillespie, birth 1906. R.C.A.S.C. (2nd Division).

Dr Edgar Dean Gillespie, D Ed, B.A, B. Ed, M. A. 1907-blank.  Dorothy Marion Puley 1912-1986. South Valentia Cemetery, Shilo United. Mariposa Twp, Victoria Co.  HIs obit:  Superintendent of Schools, Professor in Education at the normal schools in Moose Jaw and Regina, Saskatchewan and the Toronto Teacher’s College. Inductee into the SK Baseball Hall of Fame; Flight Lieutenant with the RCAF during WWII, passed away at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Saturday, June 19th, 2003 in his 96th year. Beloved husband of Mary R Bowen and the late Dorothy Puley. Loving father of Deanna and Ray Christensen, George Gillespie, Carol Gillespie and the late Peggy Thompson. Cherished grandfather of Alicia Ramberan-Barrow and Ina Barrow, Jennifer Thompson, Krista Christensen, Kelly Christensen and the late Mark Christensen. Treasured great grandfather of Brady and Sophia Barrow. Predeceased by his four brothers and sisters. Cremation. Celebration of life service at MacKey Funeral Home, Lindsay on Friday, July 25th at 1:00 pm. Internment at Lakeside Cemetery, Valentia. (published

Edward Bruce Gillespie, Flight Sergeant, ID R/133826 b Jan 11, 1920,  died Tuesday, October 26, 1943, age 22. Royal Canadian Air Force, Division 160 (RAF) Squadron;  Son of Edward and Sarah Margaret Gillespie; husband of Barbara Letitia Gillespie, of St. Vital, Manitoba. No known grave. Remembered on SINGAPORE Memorial.

Edward Rex (Ted) Gillespie 1922-2005. Ted passed away at his home in Invermere, BC on Aug 22, 2005. He was born  in Calgary, Alberta and attended Mount Royal Public School and graduated from Western Canada High School before joining the navy RCNVR in 1941. During World War II, he was deployed on convoy duty in the north Atlantic aboard the HMCS Loch Moriach.  He received an honourable discharge from the Navy in 1945. He joined what as then the Royalite Oil Company in their Turner Valley office.. then was employed by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd in their operations for some 30 years. He retired in 1985, and moved to BC. He is survived by Hazel, his devoted wife for 53 years. His son Roy (Rose) of Calgary; daughter (Muareen (Rick Hummel) of BC. He is also survived by a brother F.K. Roy (Beulah) and several nieces and nephews. There as no funeral service at his request. Buried In a cemetery in Invermere. Published Calgary Herald Aug 30, 2005.

Edward William Gillespie, (American), Pilot Officer, Service No J7764, Royal Canadian Air Force, 501 Squadron, born July 15, 1921. Died Saturday, May 9, 1942, age 20. Son of John Joseph and Margaret Gillespie, of Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. Runnymede Memorial.


Francis B Gillespie died Nov 17, 2009, age 86. Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, Canadian Navy, Service Number  V51239. Legion branch : Sackville Branch, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Fred Gillespie died April 24, 2017. No information. Legion branch: North Battleford Branch, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada


Garnet L Gillespie, Air craftsman 1st Class; Service ID R270894. Royal Canadian Air Force, d Nov 10, 2003,  age 78 (b 1925). Earl Grey Branch, Saskatchewan. Published March/April 2004 Last Post.

Gavin A Gillespie, Flight Sergeant, Service ID R177884 Royal Canadian Air Force. d Nov 22, 2004, age 94 (b 1910) Manitoba Oak Lake Branch. Published March/April 2005 Legion website.

George Gillespie died July 25, 2007, age 84.  Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve; service ID V24905. Legion branch  Qualicum Beach Branch, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada

George E Gillespie, Private, D Company, Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Hometown Ayr, Waterloo, Ontario

George Hamilton Gillespie, Major, b 1902. Died Thursday, Sept 6, 1945, age 43. Army: Royal Canadian Artillery, Awarded Canadian Efficiency Decoration. Son of George and Kate Gillespie, of London; husband of Edna M. Gillespie, of London. Buried London Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario, CANADA (notes from researcher: “Began in 1930 as a reservist in London Field Battery. Called to active service in Sept 1939 and was  a staff officer in UK and Washington. He died of natural causes in 1945. Family was at 355 Piccadilly, Street, London, Ontario.”

George Heden Gillespiepassed away July 10, 2010 leaving his loving wife, Margaret (nee Work) of 63 years and three children: Ken (Robyn) of Peachland, BC; Susan Wilson (Douglas) of Mississauga and Caryl Campana (Ambrose) of Oakville. . He was born 1918 in Victoria, BC and grew up on Vancouver Island. He was a Veteran of WWIIhaving serviced as a pilot in both the RCAF and the Royal ? retired 1980 after 32 years as an Auditor with the Department of ?Branch. Cremation. No funeral. Reception at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel, Oakville on Tuesday, July 13th. (Published The Toronto Star). Seven wonderful grandchildren Charleen Gillespie (Brian Hillburn), and Carolyn Gillespie (Ryan MGlothlin), Jeffrey and Jennifer Wilson, and Lauren, Samantha and Rebecca Campana, and four great-grandchildren Sadie & Max McGlothlin, Jack and Dylan Hillburn.

George MacDougall Gillespie b in Albert, New Brunswick April 13, 1907. Educated at Chatham High School, Pictou Academy and University of New Brunswick. AFRO 2637/44 Dec 8, 1944. Award for Valuable service No 112, Wing Overseas.  Notes: Began flying 1928. Instructor and barn stormer 1931-1934. Enlisted at Trenton April 1, 1940. Instructed at Trenton with RAC Ferry Command, Dorval & North Bay June 1943-Aug 1945.

Glenn Gillespie, Rifleman, H/103511. Died of wounds Tuesday, Oct 10, 1944; Service No H/103511; age 22; Army, Regina Rifle Regiment; Citation(s):  Campaign medals: 1939-1945 Star; France-Germany Star; War Medal 1939-1945 ; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Born April 10, 1922 Gunton, Manitoba; enlisted November 19, 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He was the youngest of a farm family of eight children. He took advanced training in the Canadian Armoured Corps Training Unit, CACT, Borden, Ont. He left Canada for England 19 July 1944 and was stationed with the Canadian Armoured Corps Reinforcement Unit, CACRU, 12 July – 11 August 1944. He transferred to Rocky Mountain Rangers, 11 August 1944 – 1 October 1944 and then to the Regina Rifles Regiment, 1 October 1944. He was most probably killed during the Battle of the Scheldt, at the attack across the Leopold Canal, which bordered Belgium and the Netherlands. The attack took place from 6-13 October 1944 and the Regina Rifles were involved. (C.P. Stacey, Victory Campaign, v.3, p.393-395) Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, BELGIUM.

Gordon Gillespie, Private, d Dec 12, 1997, Service ID M103471. Drayton Valley, Alberta. Canadian Army. Published Sept/Oct 1998 Legion website


Harry George Gillespie, served overseas with the R.C.A.F. 435 Squadron.  Hamilton,   died Nov 13, 2008. Obituary

Hector W Gillespie, Leading Aircraftman, died Jan 14, 2005, age 82. Royal Air Force, Service No 1061064; Legion Branch: Taber Branch, Taber, Alberta, Canada

Hilton Archibald Gillespie, Lance Corporal, ID H36832. Army 12th Manitoba Dragoons, RCAC. Division H.Q. Sqn., 18th Armd. Car Regt. b Jan 24, 1910. Died Aug 4, 1944, age 34. Son of Archibald and Josie Gillespie; husband of Jean Gillespie, of St. Vital, Manitoba.  Buried Canadian War Cemetery, Bretteville-sur-Larze, Calvados, FRANCE.

H Roy (Harold)  Gillespie, died June 30, 2013, age 90.  Canadian Army. Legion branch: Vedder Golden Branch, Vedder Crossing, British Columbia, Canada

Hugh Gordon Gillespie, Sergeant, ID R/95484, Royal Canadian Air Force. b Oct 20, 1909. Died Saturday,  Nov 14, 1942, age 31. Buried St Columb Major Cemetery, Grave 1319, Cornwall, ENGLAND. Son of George Murray Gillespie and Ida Jane Gillespie of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.


Ian George Gillespie, Flying Officer, b Sept 17, 1923. Died Wednesday, December 22, 1943, age 20. Service No J14698. Royal Canadian Air Force; 404 Squadron; Son of Erroll P. and Catharine Gillespie, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. No known grave. Remembered on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 173,  Surrey, ENGLAND.

Isobel Edith Gillespie, Rank Captain. Regiment Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Threat of Combat or Operations: North West Europe 1944-45. Award Royal Red Cross. For gallant and distinguished service (Army) Combatant Gallantry Award.


Jack F Gillespie, Royal Canadian Air Force, Hometown Toronto (Home), Galt (Residence).

James Gillespie, OttawaJames GillespieRAF/RACF Veteran, WWII. Retired Ottawa Principal, Highland Park HS, Fisher Park HS. Died peacefully in Ottawa on Jan 12, 2011 in his 90th year. His parents James & Isabel, siblings Robert, Isabel and Josephine, grandson Gavin. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, June. Jim leaves behind his sister-in-law Lois Steen of Toronto; cousin Ann Boyle of Glasgow; his children: Ron, Clare (Ian MacLeod), Brenda (Tom Mulvilhill), James (Lee), Anne (Ken Kingsbury), his niece Monica Kryska, and nephews Brian and Kevin Whalley. 15 grandchildren: Ian, Leslie, Brendan, Bryan, Catherine, Clark, Graham, Niall, Caleb, Ella, Fen, Ida, Matthias, Amos and Jonathan. 3 great grandchildren: Amanda, Honoura and Seth. Kelly Funeral Home with funeral Monday at  Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Internment Beechwood Cemetery. (Published The OttawaCitizen Jan 14-15, 2011;; The Globe & Mail).

Col J. Keith Gillespie passed away 2004. Ottawa, Ontario

John Gillespie, Sergeant, from Toronto, Ontario CANADA, b Oct 9, 1918. Killed in action April 27, 1943, Service No R56637; age 24. Royal Canadian Air Force, 207 RAF Squadron. Son of Peter and Anne Gillespie, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Buried Scoonselhof Cemetery, BELGIUM.

John Gillespie, Trooper, 1st Hussars, died July 17, 2008, age 88. Service Numbers: K75131. Legion branch: Niagara Falls Branch, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

John A Gillespie died May 16, 2011. Canadian Army, Service No H82199. Legion branch Kelvington Branch, Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada

John (Jack) Gillespie died on Friday, July 18, 2008 age 88. Beloved husband of Betty Gillespie for 62 years. Loving father of Jack and his wife Karen, Welland; and the late Tom. Dear grandfather of five. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary Gillespie. Jack was born in Ireland and came to Vancouver and Kimberly, BC, then to Niagara Falls in 1941. He served overseas in WWII with the BC Regiment D.C. O. R and the 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) in England and North Western Europe. After his return in Dec 1945, he worked for Kimberly Clark for 13 years, and then for GM for 20 years, retiring as a Security Officer in 1984. Visitation Morse & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Stan was a member of St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where his funeral will be held on Monday at 11:00 am. Internment Fairview Cemetery. (Published yourlifemoments)

John S Gillespie, Sergeant, died Nov 11, 2012, age 94. Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Service No F78173. Legion branch Digby Branch, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada (see next entry)

John Smith Gillespie, born 1918 in Griswold, Manitoba, the youngest son of the late George and Lorena (Canning) Gillespie. As a young boy he moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At 17 years he came to Nova Scotia to visit his grandparents in Advocate Harbor. He later met his future wife Louise Doucette and settled in the Digby area. He was known by his garages, warehouse and trucking business. Jack served with distinction in the Military during World War II. Jack Gillespie of Barton, Digby County died, aged 94 Nov 11, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 72 years and his daughters Nancy (Jim) Reid; Donna (George) Moore; Margaret (Greg) Boudreau; and Joy (Eric) Hatfield. Sister Frances.  Grandchildren: Natalie (Dean); Shelley (Trevor); Jeffrey (Kathleen); Janice (Anthony); Stephen; Aaron (Pascale); Daniel (Jody); Erica (Nick); Andrew; and Margaret. Great Grandchildren: Hannah, Joseph, Olivia and Claire. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sons John, Peter, brother Norri and sister Margaret. Memorial service held at Barton United Baptist Church on Thursday, Nov 14 at 1:00 pm. Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home, Kentville, Nova Scotia. Burial Barton Baptist Cemetery, Barton, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada

John Verle Gilllespie took his last breath at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Marilyn and devoted father of Susan (Geoff), Paul (Susan) and Jill (Don(. Cherished grandfather of Marlo (Poppi), Dylan and Mitchell (Gump) and Fletcher (Gampy). Flt Sgt John flew 30 missions in the RAF as tail gunner on the Lancaster plane in World War II. He was a long time member of Westminister Presbyterian Church and a member of the Kinsmen Club of Barrie. Cremation. Arrangement by Marshall W Driver Burial Service. (Published The Barrie Examiner, yourlifemoments)

Joyce L Gillespie 1937-1980, beloved wife of James W Alder. West Gwillimbury Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford, Ontario

John W Gillespie, Private, Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Hometown Ayr, Waterloo Co, Ontario Canada.


M. G. Gillespie, Service ID J215395. From Victoria, British Columbia. Royal Canadian Air Force, Prisoner of War (Sept 1939-Dec 1944).


Norman L. Gillespie, Lance Corporal,  Highland Light Infantry of Canada,  Hometown Ayr, Waterloo Co, Ontario. Died July 21, 2014, age 91. Service ID B128031. Legion branch: Burlington Branch, Burlington, Ontario, Canada (note: two records being blended, so I trust they are the same person). 

Norman L Gillespie  1942 Canadian Army Trade School and Training Centre.


Percy Basil Gillespie, Retired B.C.P.O. at C.F.B Kingston. Veteran WW II. Died at Kingston General Hospital on Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Grace Butler-Williams and the late Mary (nee McGinnis). Father of Sheila Duncan (Glenn) of Peterborough; Don (Maryke) of Kingston; and Sharon of Guelph; and step-father of Carolyn Chamberlain and Vickie Thompson. Grandfather of Karis and Catherine Duncan; Timothy, Stephanie Doucet (Chris) and Paul (Erika), and set-grandfather of Mary (Holly) and Kimberly Sellers; and Jimmy, Sean and Shanhon Thompson. Brother of the late Gladys Hartwick, Victor, Dawson, Harold, Ella Ducharme and Pansy Clow. Funeral at Robert J Reid & Sons Funeral Home on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm Internment Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. (Published


Richard “Dick” Gillespie,  WW II Veteran 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada 1941-1946. Member of Argyll Veteran’s Association from its inception. 3 time Pipe Major of that Association’s band. Did peacefully Sat, Feb 2, 2008 at Extendicare , Brampton with his wife and daughters by his side: Richard, loving husband of Jennie for over 61 yrs; Dear father of Robert, Cathy, Joan, Ruth, Barbara & Martha and their partners. Richard is survived by sisters: Barbara, Nan, Isabel, Margaret & May. Predeceased by brother Andy. Scott Funeral Home. Cremation. Obit Toronto Star, Sunday, Fe3, 2008

Robert Gillespie died Feb 28, 2008, age 77. Legion branch: Stonewall Branch, Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada

Robert M Gillespie, Major, Royal Canadian Army; Hometown Kitchener, Waterloo Co, Ontario.

Robert P Gillespie, Flight Sergeant, Royal Canadian Air Force, d May 4, 1996, age 66 (b 1930), Service No 12620.  Published Sept 1996 Legion website. From British Columbia. Legion branch:  Kelowna Branch, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Rose Gillespie, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Air Froce. Hometown Kitchener, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Ross Gillespie, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Air Force, Hometown, Kitchener, Waterloo Co, Ontario.

Roy H Gillespie, Private, Service ID G6026555. Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, d Sept 1, 1994. Published Jan 1995.  From New Brunswick. 1994 Last Post Veterans magazine.

Roy William Gillespie, Engineer Officer,  Canadian Merchant Navy, M.V. Montrolite (Montreal); died Wednesday, Feb 4, 1942, age 22; Son of Nellie Gillespie, of Halifax, Nova Scotia; No known grave; commemorated on Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia, , Panel 20 CANADA . Registration of ship Montreal. (27 others are listed as dying on this ship)

R. R. Gillespie, Service ID J2973  Prisoner of War Sept 1929 to Dec 1944. .


S. A. Gillespie of Indian Head, Saskatchewan, died Nov 11, 1995. Published Feb 1996 Last Post Veteran’s Magazine.

Stuart Gillespie (The Reverend) – WWII veteran. Passed away on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009. Beloved husband to Lillian. Loving father to Lorraine (Bryan); Phyllis (Frank); Carolyn (Don). Cherished grandfather to Timothy, Jody, Jonathan, Michael, James, Alison and many great-grandchildren. Missed by his brother Frank (Monique). A gentle and loving man who life was devoted to serving God and others. Service in chapel of Ward Funeral Home, Brampton Chapel on Monday, 1:00pm. Cremation. (Published in The Toronto Star Aug 15, 2009;


Teresa Gillespie, Service ID 2090615, Aircraft Woman, 1st Class.  Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, d Jan 10, 1995, age 72 (b 1923).  Lethbridge, Alberta. Published June and July 1995 Last Post magazine.

Thomas B Gillespie, Flying Officer, died Jan 16, 2003, age 86. Royal Canadian Air Force. Service No J42706. Legion branch Sault Ste. Marie Branch, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


W. H. Scott Gillespie, Corporal, b 1908 Kirkland Lake, Ontario. s/o Arnold. d July 30, 1996, age 89 years. Service No B39368. Legion branch: Kirkland Lake Branch, Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada

Wilbert Gillespie, 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Hometown Ayr, Waterloo Co, Ontario. `

Wilbert Howard Gillespie, Sapper M/106592. Royal Canadian Engineers. Died June 7, 1944, age 35. Son of Mrs & Mrs George B Gillespie, and stepson of Mrs C Gillespie, Nanaimo, British Columbia. Ben-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, V. D. 15, FRANCE. This cemetery burials are from the first day of the Normandy landing, and most were from th 3rd Canadian Division.Click on name of cemetery to find map of grave location.

William Gillespie, ID  OFF VR-810 birth Feb 9, 1883 Amherst, Nova Scotia. Royal Canadian Navy.

Visual search query imageWilliam Chell Chattan (Gillie) Gillespie passed  in Mississauga after a long illness in his 89th year 2010. Beloved husband of Joyce (nee Randall) for 68 years. Survived by his three children: William (Marilyn) of Toronto; Barry (Marcia Solomon) of Boulder, Colorado; and Gaye Bougie (Robert) of Brampton. Sadly missed by six grandchildren. Bill grew up in Vancouver and Winnipeg. In World World II he served in the Army, and then as a Tail Gunner on a Lancaster with the 103rd Squadron Bomber Command. Shot down on his 23rd mission, he remained a prisoner of war for two years. After the war he was with the Winnipeg Police Force until rejoining the RCAF from which he retired in 1969. He taught as a Special Education Teacher for 17 years at W. J Fenton in Brampton. He was a Scout Master for many years and received an award. He conducted tours of the Peel Heritage Museum. Funeral service at Andrew Community Funeral Centre on Tuesday Feb 9, 2010. Internment at Meadowvale Cemetery. (Published The Toronto Star Feb 8 to 9, 2010;

William Leaman Gillespie, Private. Service No 466069, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, died Sept 14, 1916, age 37 yrs. Buried Contay British Cemetery, FRANCE. Son of William L Gillespie & Margaret Marion Gillespie of Thornbury, Ontario. Husband of Estella Gillespie of Thornbury. Note:   a marker honouring William is on the side of the highway at the bridge in middle of Thornbury.

William Leaman Gillespie, Pilot Officer from Toronto,  Ontario; Service No J90090; Royal Canadian Air Force, Division 239 Squadron (2nd record gives 429 Squadron).  Born Aug 15, 1915. Died Tuesday, July 18, 1944, age 28. Killed in action. Bombs hit the tail of the aircraft while over Caen, France. Son of William Leaman Gillespie and Estella Maud Gillespie, of Toronto, Ontario. Buried Canadian War Cemetery, Bretteville-sur-Larze, FRANCE 

William Russell Gillespie, Sergeant, Service No R196278, Royal Canadian Air Force, b July 28, 1922, died Thursday, March 23, 1944, age 21 at #8 Service Training School at Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Two Harvard aircraft crashed.   Son of Joseph L. Gillespie and Johanna C. Gillespie, of North Kildonan. Buried Winnipeg Elmwood Cemetery, Manitoba, CANADA

William W Gillespie, Chief Petty Officer, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. Service ID V42094. Dartsmouth, Nova Scotia. Died March 7, 1994, age 72 (b 1922). Published 1994 Last Post Veteran’s Magazine.

William W Gillespie, died Jan 1, 2001, age 78. Royal Canadian Air Force. Legion: Renfrew Branch, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

Other Records

John Gillespie KIRKPATRICK, Flight Lieutenant, ID J/11038 died Monday, March 5, 1945 , age 24, Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Royal Canadian Air Force, Division 426 Squadron. s/o William John and Agnes Jane Kirkpatrick of Red Deer, Alberta

John Gillespie MAGEE, Pilot Officer ID J/5823 died Thursday, Dec 11, 1941, age 19 in  flying accident in England. Shopwick Church Burial Ground. Royal Canadian Air Force

Cameron Gillespie WASHBURN, Private,  ID A/109165 died Sunday, Sept 17, 1944, age 38, Ravenna War Cemetery. Army Unit  Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. s/o Clark G Washburn and Margaret C Washburn (nee Gillespie) of Kitchener, Ontario.


In the years following World War II, many Canadian military members served with units of the British Military.

Record Count: 84

Source of Records: Mormon website, World War II,  1939-1945; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Library & Archives Canada (13). Funeral Home Obituaries