Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Clifford Howard Kimmel

In memory of
Corporal
Clifford Howard Kimmel
December 5, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
K/92117
Age:
26
Force:
Army
Unit:
Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Citation(s):
1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, War Medal 1939-45.

Additional Information:

Son of Harry Ellsworth and Sylvia Janet Kimmel (1961 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Milner, British Columbia.

Brother of Richard Kenneth Kimmel, deceased June 18, 1944 and Gordon Leroy Kimmel, deceased June 8, 1944.

Both the Langley and Mission Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion supplied her with a cloth coat, however, when Mrs. Kimmel arrived in Ottawa, the weather was very cold and Harry, her husband, knew he would have to get Mrs. Kimmel a warmer coat, so off they went to Timothy Eatons.

As they were shopping for a coat, they got to talking with the clerk, and the story came out about the Silver Cross Mother without an appropriate coat, for the ceremony at the War Memorial, which lead the clerk to excuse himself. Soon he was back and he told the Kimmels that the store manager said that Eatons would buy Mrs. Kimmel any coat that she wanted. Mrs. Kimmel continued looking at the wool coats. The clerk said that there were some in another area that she might like better and he took her to the fur department where Mrs. Kimmel picked a lovely black mink coat.

Commemorated on Page 352 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
RAVENNA WAR CEMETERY , Italy
Grave Reference:
III. C. 4.
Location:
The Ravenna War Cemetery lies on a communal road 1 kilometre south of the SS16 from Ravenna to Ferrara near the village of Piangipane in the Commune and Province of Ravenna. The turning from the main road is at the 143 kilometres stone, 12 kilometres west of Ravenna. The turning is marked with a Commonwealth War Graves sign pointing in the direction of the cemetery, and a road sign marked 'Piangipane 4 kilometres'. Continue along the minor road until a further Commonwealth War Graves sign is seen. The entrance to the cemetery is located on the left hand side of the road.

The site for the cemetery was selected by the Army in 1945 for burials from the surrounding battlefields. Ravenna was taken by the Canadian Corps at the beginning of December 1944, and the burials in the cemetery there reflect the fighting for the Senio line and the period of relative quiet during the first three months of 1945. Many of the men buried there were Canadians; one of the last tasks of the Canadian Corps before being moved to north-west Europe was the clearing of the area between Ravenna and the Comacchio lagoon. Others are Indians from the 10th Indian Division, and New Zealanders. The Cemetery also contains the graves of 30, 1914-18 War casualties concentrated in March 1974 from Gradisca Communal Cemetery , Italy and 3 other burials concentrated from other minor cemeteries in Italy. There are now over 30 graves of the First World War and 956 graves plus one Special Memorial of the Second World War.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Clifford Howard Kimmel – Corporal Clifford Howard Kimmel.  Enlisted with Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, R.C.I.C on July 4, 1940.
  • Photo of Sylvia Janet Kimmel (Mother) – Sylvia Janet Kimmel
Silver cross Mother of 1961. She is shown with the three silver crosses.
  • Photo of Gordon Leroy Kimmel (Brother) – Rifleman Gordon Leroy Kimmel
Enlisted with Royal Winnepeg Rifles on June 20, 1940.
  • Photo of Richard Kenneth Kimmel (Brother) – Corporal Richard Kenneth Kimmel
Enlisted with Regina Rifle Regiment on July 4, 1940.
  • Photo of Harry and Sylvia Kimmel (Father and Mother) – Harry and Sylvia Kimmel looking at the Book of Remembrance in the Memorial Chamber located in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.  Photo from The Legionary Magazine December 1961.
  • A page from The Legionary Magazine – Page from The Legionary Magazine December 1961.  Mr. and Mrs. Kimmel attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa.
  • Newspaper clipping – Newspaper clipping from the Lanley Advance.
  • Memorial – J. C. Kimmel is commemorated on this memorial tablet in Fort Langley, British Columbia.
  • Grave Marker

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