Hamilton Arthur McKechnie

Lance Corporal Hamilton Arthur McKechnie
Toronto, Ontario
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Lance Corporal McKechnie is sponsored by Friends of David Chapman.
Lance Corporal McKechnie était parrainé par Friends of David Chapman.

A simple thank you is not enough for a young man who gave up not only his own life, but the lives of his future children, grandchildren and great grandchildren so that we could enjoy lives of freedom. 

Lance Corporal Hamilton Arthur McKechnie was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C. from Toronto.

A proud Canadian, raised by Alexander and Mary McKechnie on Saulter Street, Toronto where he attended his neighbourhood Queen Alexandra Middle School on Broadview Avenue and married, at the age of 26, Dorothy Kathleen Smithers of Teddington, Middlesex, England.  He was married a mere 19 days before his life was taken from him on June 6, 1944.  His hope of raising a family would never be realized. 

In return, we remember his contribution at Juno Beach, Normandy, France, in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, by the display, every year on August 15, of his name featured on page 388 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.  The tribute to Lance Corporal McKechnie erected on the grounds of the Juno Beach Centre commemorating his sacrifice 70 years ago is sponsored by the family and friends of David Chapman.  David landed  on Sword Beach on DDay with his unit 45 Commando Royal Marines. He had the good fortune to survive that day and the fighting that followed to go on to emigrate to Canada and enjoy a long and happy life in Ottawa. Sadly for us he died before he could realize his plan to join his family and friends in Normandy for the 70th anniversary commemorations. We know he is with us in spirit and would have been proud to support this tribute to a fellow soldier who answered the call of his country and the world and paid the highest price.

We are forever in your debt.

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

THIS TRIBUTE PROFILE CONTAINS AVAILABLE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ONE OF THE CANADIANS WHO DIED ON JUNO BEACH ON 6 JUNE 1944. THE PROFILE ALSO RECOGNIZES THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION WHO GENEROUSLY SPONSORED THIS SOLDIER, AND INCLUDES A MESSAGE OF THANKS AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE SOLDIER’S NATIVE TONGUE AND HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE LEST WE FORGET PROGRAM AND, IN SOME CASES, THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED WITH THE SOLDIERS.  DUE TO THE INCONSISTENCY OF HISTORICAL RECORDS AND THE SPARSE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST-HAND WITNESSES, WE KNOW MORE ABOUT SOME THAN OTHERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE ANY MATERIAL OR HELP IN OUR EFFORTS TO PRESENT THE BIOGRAPHIES IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH, PLEASE CONTACT: JBCA@JUNOBEACH.ORG.

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CE PORTRAIT CONTIENT DES INFORMATIONS BIOGRAPHIQUES RELATIVES À L’UN DES CANADIENS QUI SONT MORTS SUR LA PLAGE JUNO, LE 6 JUIN 1944. IL PORTE ÉGALEMENT MENTION DE LA PERSONNE OU DE L’ORGANISATION QUI A GÉNÉREUSEMENT PARRAINÉ CE SOLDAT, AINSI QU’UN MESSAGE DE REMERCIEMENT EN SOUVENIR DE SON SACRIFICE. CES INFORMATIONS SONT DISPONIBLES DANS LA LANGUE MATERNELLE DU SOLDAT ET ONT ÉTÉ COMPILÉES PAR LE PROGRAMME LEST WE FORGET ET, DANS CERTAINS CAS, GRÂCE À LA GÉNÉROSITÉ DES PERSONNES LIÉES AUX SOLDATS. EN RAISON DE LA DISPARITÉ DES DOCUMENTS HISTORIQUES ET DES RARES TÉMOINS DE L’ÉPOQUE, NOUS NE DISPOSONS PAS DE LA MÊME QUANTITÉ D’INFORMATION SUR TOUS LES SOLDATS. SI VOUS SOUHAITEZ COMPLÉTER NOTRE DOCUMENTATION OU NOUS AIDER DANS NOS EFFORTS POUR PRÉSENTER LES BIOGRAPHIES EN FRANÇAIS ET EN ANGLAIS, MERCI DE CONTACTER : JBCA@JUNOBEACH.ORG.