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In Memory of


Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C
who died on
Tuesday, 3rd April 1945. Age 23.

Additional Information:
Son of George A. and Irene MacKeigan, of Coxheath, Nova Scotia; husband of Kathleen M. MacKeigan, of Coxheath.

Commemorative Information

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
III. A. 15.
Groesbeek is located 10 kilometres south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 kilometres north of the village and 1.5 kilometre east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt-Mook-Groesbeek, follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War Cemetery. After passing Mook War Cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. 1 kilometre after entering this road lies the cemetery on the right hand side of the road. Within the cemetery is the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name those members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North-West Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944, and the end of the war in Europe.

Historical Information:
By far the greater number of the men buried in this cemetery were Canadians, and many of them lost their lives in the Battle of the Rhineland, when the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division took part in the drive southwards from Nijmegen to clear the territory between the Maas and the Rhine, in February and March 1945. Canadian casualties from 8th February to 10th March of that year totalled 5,304. Others, buried here, died earlier or later in the southern part of Holland and in the Rhineland. There are 2610, 1939-1945 Commonwealth war casualties commemorated here, of these 20 are unidentified. Also commemorated here are 8 Foreign National casualties. Within the cemetery stands the Groesbeek Memorial which commemorates those who died in the final stages of the war in Europe, and have no known grave.