A Dutch-Canadian Connection

This morning, the staff of the Juno Beach Centre was pleased to welcome a British veteran of the Battle of Normandy who served with the Royal Hampshire Regiment, Mr. Charles Reeves.

Mr. Reeves also has a special history linking him to Canada. The Lieutenant in charge of his company, Captain Harry Anaka, was a Canadian officer with the CANLOAN program, which saw Canadian offers “loaned” to British regiments during the Second World War. Mr. Reeves was also the President of the Market-Garden Veterans Association for several years. In addition, he was the gardener in charge of the Canadian cemetery at Holten, The Netherlands for 27 years, where he met many Canadian families on pilgrimages. He also served as the gardener at the Canadian cemeteries in Groesbeek and Nijmegen.

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Thank you for your visit at the Centre, Mr. Reeves and thank you for your efforts in preserving the memory of all Canadians who are buried so far from home.

Dispatches from Juno shares all the news, events, and stories from the Juno Beach Centre in France and Canada. Interested in contributing a story to the blog? Email the editor at jbca@junobeach.org.

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