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Harry Rosser Emerson

In memory of:

Lieutenant Harry Rosser Emerson

May 13, 1944

Military Service






Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C.


14th Armd. Regt.

Additional Information


December 28, 1914
Toronto, Ontario


June 17, 1940
Barrie, Ontario

Son of Horton and Laura Emerson. Husband of Betty Emerson.

Commemorated on Page 300 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

Panel 13.


Cassino War Cemetery lies in the Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139 kilometres south-east of Rome. It is situated in the valley of the River Liri immediately below the southern spurs of the central Apennines. Above it a distance of one kilometre is the dominating hill on which stands the Abbey of Monte Cassino, founded by St. Benedict in the year 529 on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo. If approaching the cemetery by road, follow the Highway A2 from Rome to Naples and leave it at the Cassino exit. After passing the pay booths, follow the sign for Cassino. At the traffic lights, after a block of flats, turn right towards the locality of S. Angelo and the CWGC signs will then be seen.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Poem– Penned by my Grandfather in Italy. He was later killed in Cassino.
  • Memorial– The Soldiers' Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower's base. In total, almost 1,200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers' Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch West– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers' Tower in 1949. The name of "Lt. H.R. EMERSON C.A.C." is among the names inscribed.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Edited by H. E. Brown, published by the Soldiers' Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 20 reads: "Lt Harry Rosser EMERSON The Calgary Regt. 14 Armoured Regt RCAC. Former student Trinity College, Arts 1933-36. Killed in action in Italy, 13 May 1944. Buried in the Cassino War Cementery, Italy."
  • Memorial Stele– This stone stele is located in the chapel at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. "AS DYING AND BEHOLD WE LIVE. TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THIS COLLEGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE TWO GREAT WARS." The name of "H.R. EMERSON" is among those inscribed.
  • Memorial Scroll– This framed illuminated scroll, written in calligraphy, is entitled "Men and Women of Trinity College on Active Service. Met'Agona Stephanos". It hangs in the hallway outside the narthex of the chapel at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Small symbols indicate men and women who are fallen, decorated, and prisoner of war. The list of names includes:  '37 Emerson, H. R. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Harry Rosser Emerson
  • Photo of Harry Emerson– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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