Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery

Rocks, Hugh McCallum

B74554 Corporal Hugh McCallum Rocks was born on 13 May 1904 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of Charles Rocks and Elizabeth McCallum. He had five sisters and three brothers – two of which served in the British Army. He arrived in Canada from Scotland on 15 April 1929 after a 13-day voyage aboard the Melita.

On 15 November1932 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Rocks married Elsie Lillian Timmins and they had two children: Charles George and Marion Elsie.

He was working as a miner when he enlisted with the Algonquin Regiment on 1 July 1940 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He trained at Camp Borden and was transferred to The Queen’s Own Rifles on 18 July 1944 – the day before the regiment sailed for Scotland.

He continued to train with the QOR in England and had various short-term postings. He was appointed Acting Lance Corporal on 15 July 1942, Lance Corporal on 16 October 1942 and Acting Corporal on 6 April 1944.

Corporal Rocks landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action at age 40.  He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. F. 9.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"

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