Gérard Doré’s family visits the Juno Beach Centre

The visit from Gérard Doré’s family has recently been a nice surprise for the Juno Beach Centre.

Gérard Doré, of the regiment of Fusiliers Mont-Royal, is the youngest Canadian soldier who rests at the Canadian war cemetery in Bretteville-Sur-Laize / Cintheaux. He was killed on July 23, 1944 during the battle of Verrières ridge, at the age of 16 years and 11 months. He had lied about his age and enrolled when he was only 15 years old.

Rachelle Doré, the wife of his brother Jean (the youngest of the 10 Doré family children), was back this summer in Normandy to honor the memory of her young brother-in-law, with Nathalie Doré her daughter and her grandsons Emile (15 ) and Hubert (14 ) – Gérard Doré’s niece and great nephews, from Montreal. They were accompanied by Mr. Paul Aubrée and Claudine, witnesses and victims of the battle of Normandy in the area where Gérard Doré lost his life in battle.

“This morning we attended the ceremony at the cemetery in Bretteville. We were surprised and moved by the gratitude of the Normandy people towards the Canadians”.

Emile and Hubert can be proud of their great-uncle and we wish them a great experience in his footsteps.


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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