Dieppe resulted in the highest number of Canadian casualties in a single day during World War II, and the impact of this day was keenly felt in Toronto.

The Dieppe Raid continues to represent the largest loss of life in a single day, for all wars in Toronto’s history. More than 200 soldiers, or one quarter of the 807 Canadians that died that day, had links to Toronto. This section lists their names, shows where they lived and tells some of their stories.

These maps display the locations of those killed in the Dieppe Raid, using the current boundaries of the City of Toronto. The impact to Toronto in terms of lives lost impacted every area of the city.

Map 1 – Torontonians Killed in the Dieppe Raid

Map 2 – Torontonians Killed in the Dieppe Raid, by ward

Map 3 – Torontonians Killed in Dieppe Raid by community council areas

Portrait of Private Arthur William Montgomery
Private Arthur William Montgomery, Credit: Operation Picture Me, Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Private Arthur William Montgomery, Royal Regiment of Canada, died August 19, 1942, at age 23.

Private Ralph Eric Montgomery, Royal Regiment of Canada, died August 21, 1942, at age 23.

Twin brothers Arthur and Ralph Montgomery joined the Royal Regiment of Canada on the same day in 1940. They trained together, fought together at Dieppe and ultimately died together at the age of 23. Ralph was injured and succumbed to his wounds on August 21, 1942, while Arthur was reported missing after the raid but later confirmed to have been Killed in Action on August 19. Growing up in the Gerrard and Greenwood area of Toronto, the twins’ lifelong friend Private Russell Roderick Brown also enlisted with them in 1940 and died at Dieppe on August 19.

In 1941, when they first went overseas, the twins wrote their mother a letter saying, “if anything should happen to us, keep your chin up, Mom.” Mrs. Montgomery remained a steadfast supporter of war bonds even after the death of her sons. The Montgomery twins left behind their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Montgomery, as well as their brothers, Corporal Roy Montgomery and Leading Aircraftman, Wilfred Montgomery who were also fighting in the war.

Portrait of Private Ralph Eric Montgomery
Private Ralph Eric Montgomery.
Credit: Operation Picture Me, Canadian Virtual War Memorial
A black and white photo of a company of soldiers posing on a field in England prior to departing for Dieppe. Morris Greenberg is in the front row, second from the left.
Sergeant Morris Greenberg, front row second from left, and company, just days before the Dieppe Raid. Credit: Jayne Poolton-Turvey, Dieppe Blue Beach – Every Man Remembered

Sergeant Morris Greenberg, Royal Regiment of Canada, died August 19, 1942, at age 24.

The day after the war broke out, Morris Greenberg enlisted with the Royal Regiment. During the Dieppe Raid, Greenberg was gravely injured but continued to assist numerous wounded soldiers, risking his own life to pull them
onto a landing craft. Originally listed as missing, he was then reported as Killed in Action at Dieppe at just 24 years of age.

He had been promoted to Sergeant prior to the Dieppe Raid and wrote to his mother that he had been urged to take an officer’s training course despite feeling he needed more experience as a soldier.

Morris, or Moe, worked as a tie cutter for a shirt and neckwear firm before the war. He was also active in the Jewish People’s Library and was a talented Yiddish poet.  Greenberg left behind his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Greenberg and brother, Irving Greenberg.

Irving also enlisted shortly after the war broke out at age 17 and served with the 48th Highlanders.  As part of an anti-aircraft battery unit in England during the war, he was credited with shooting down several enemy planes. Irving transferred to the Royal Regiment after Morris’s death.

The Royal Regiment established the Moe Greenberg Trophy. This annual award is given to the recruit whose performance was considered superior to all other recruits upon completion of training in the last year.

Portrait of William Wedd in uniform.
Lieutenant William Wedd, Credit: Operation Picture Me, Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Lieutenant William George Rogers Wedd who lived in the Bedford Park area, was a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada. He landed with his platoon at Blue Beach in the first wave. Under heavy fire, he was able to bring his platoon to the sea wall and then realized only about 10 of his men had survived thus far. A pill box on top of the sea wall was sending heavy fire towards Wedd’s platoon. Seeing no other way, Wedd instructed the laying of a Bangalore torpedo, blowing a hole in the barbed wire on top of the sea wall. Wedd then led his platoon through the gap toward a direct assault on the pill box.

Despite being hit by many bullets, Wedd pressed on ahead, ultimately throwing a grenade into the pill box and eliminating the threat to his platoon. Unfortunately, Wedd was killed in the pill box at the age of 28. Wedd was awarded the Croix de Guerre avec Etoile d’Argent from France for being mortally injured at point blank range, sacrificing himself for the safety of those in his command.

Before the war, Wedd was an active golfer, swimmer and skier. He attended Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute and then worked at a bank at Roselawn and Yonge. His two cousins, Sub-Lieutenant Andrew Wedd and Flight Lieutenant Michael Wedd, also fought at Dieppe. He left behind a fiancé, Audrey Badgerow, his parents, his brother Robert Wedd who was also serving in the Royal Regiment and his sister Eileen.

Edward William Adams
Samuel Adams
Ernest Ainsworth
Kenneth William Allen
James Alexander
Dennis Gwnfryn Ambrey
Arden Arthur Armstrong
Thomas Miller Armstrong
William David Bache
Percy Bailey
Charles Arthur Baker
Douglas John Banks
Harold Edward Barnes
Harry Richard Barrett
James Bateman
Cecil Frederick Bath
Albert Edward Bathgate
Herbert Edgar Bell
Llewellyn Clarke Bell
Charles Henry Bendall
Frederick Alonzo Benford
Oliver Lorraine Bergey
James Edward Binns
William Nichol Bisset
George Page Bloomfield
Leslie Earnest Bockus
James Erwin Bolitho
Donald Smilie Briggs
Raymond Brooks
Alexander Brown
Russell Roderick Brown
Frank Oswald Brown
William Albert Brown
Ronald Dewar Bryan
Meyer Bubis
Norman Buchanan
James Burnett
Ernest George Edward Calway
William George Carrier
Charles Enos Christian
Charles Thomas Christie
Ivan Clarke
Joseph Coffey
Lionel Cohen
Frank Cowlishaw
Charles Crabtree
Albert Edward Cunningham
Harold W. Davis
George Harold Davis
Erskine Robert Eaton
William Edwards
Michael Hubert Fiest
James Lawrence Finley
John Alexander Foster
Albert George Frost
Albert James Gammon
Albert James Gibson
George Charles Gillard
Robert Gilliland
Joseph Glover
Thomas Gorman
John Mark Gralick
Henry William Grear
Simon Green
Morris Greenberg
Albert William Guthrie
Charles Haggerty
David Hassell
William Hawes
Andrew Redpath Hendry
Edwin Harold Hillier
James Arthur Holohan
Samuel Hood
Stewart Kenneth Houser
Darcy Lynn Howick
John Hughan
Kenneth James Ingram
William Stewart Milford Jacobs
Christopher Johnston
Orill Edward Jones
Nelson Jones
William Henry Jordan
Carl Thomas Keesler
Gordon Fourest Klassen
James Owen Lamb
Ross Laver
Albert Edward Lee
Raymond Thomas Lloyd
Leonard Lloyd
Norman William Lowden
Morris Lozdon
Cyril George Ludgate
William Thompson Luey
Frederick Harold Luke
Paul Leon Magner
John Marchello
William James Marsh
John Allister Mason
Paul Martin
Joseph John Maville
Clarence Wilson McBride
John Joseph McCarthy
Robert William McClean
George Frederick McClean
Watson Harold McCluskey
James Arnold McFadden
Norman Johnston McGlashan
Thomas McIvor
Albert George McKinley
Norman Victor McLean
Robert William McLeod
Daniel Mitchell McNerney
Austin Wallace Mighton
Gordon Mitich
William George Moffatt
Arthur William Montgomery
Henry Noel Morris
Herbert Morrison
William Baines Murcell
John Murray
Ronald Neveu
Harold James Norris
Rupert Simpson Oakley
Norman George Orpen
William Jacob Orr
Anthony James Pallister-Young
William Clark Patterson
John Joseph Patton
Ewart Peaks
John Duckenfield Pearce
Frederick Petherbridge
Harvey Phillips
Alfred Herbert Polden
Wesley Elmer Post
Walter Edward Gordon Ramage
Leslie Walter Reid
Gordon Reith
Martin Relf
Joseph Rhuda
Austin Bertram Richards
John Herbert Roberts
George William Roberts
Donald Ernest Rouse
Larry Rowan
Thomas Daniel Russell
William Albert Rutherford
John Henry Scott
John Leslie Scott
Clarence Joseph Sharp
Douglas Simpson
George Graham Sinclair
Richard John Smith
Robert Smith
John Josiah Smith
Edward George Smith
Donald Smith
William James Southwood
James Henry Speed
Harold Leslie Spike
Cyril Lloyd Sproule
John Wesley Stevenson
Harry Still
Earl James Sullivan
Donald Barrington Taylor
Charles Hadfield Teather
Joseph Thompson
Willard Brewing Thomson
William Shirley Patrick Thornbury
Harry George Tucker
William George Tunstead
Frederick George Twydale
Robert Cecil Stowe Upton
John Alfred Wain
John Todd Walker
Roy Alexander Walker
Roy Elson Walker
Leslie Elay Wall
Carl Basil Walsh
William Alexander Walter
Roland Edward Ward
Edwin Harris Wardell
Stanley Wasik
Howard Watson
William George Roger Wedd
James Robert White
Mason Lewis Williams
Thomas Edward Williams
Arthur Clifford Woodbury
Reginald Donald Woodley
Charles Kenneth Wright
Walter Yasyszczuk
Harry Kirk Young

Killed as a result of injuries at Dieppe

Henry William Barfield
David Ralph Barton
Murray Irving Bleeman
Robert Ernest Boyes
Frank Edwin England
David Belgrave Higgins
Albert Hutson
David Percival Johnston
Paul Clark McGillicuddy
Stewart Millar
Ralph Eric Montgomery
William Neelands
Gordon Poole
George Percival Scholfield
James Sinclair
William Thomson Thomas Steenson
Stephen Youell