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Herman William Jinssen

In memory of:

Signalman Herman William Jinssen

July 12, 1943

Military Service

Service Number:







The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals


1 Div. Sigs.

Additional Information

Son of Leonord and Hermina Jinssen. Husband of Lillian Jinssen of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 174 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:

C, F, 339.


Agira Canadian War Cemetery lies in the Commune of Agira, Province of Enna, in the centre of Sicily. From the autostrada A19, Catania-Palermo, take the exit to Catenanuova. Follow signposts to Regalbuto, then pass Regalbuto, going in the direction of Agira. The Cemetery is then signposted about 12 kilometres from Regalbuto. On 10 July 1943, following the successful conclusion of the north African campaign in mid May, a combined allied force of 160,000 Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy. The Italians, who would shortly make peace with the Allies and re-enter the war on their side, offered little determined resistance but German opposition was vigorous and stubborn. The campaign in Sicily came to an end on 17 August when the two allied forces came together at Messina, but failed to cut off the retreating Axis lines. Agira was taken by the 1st Canadian Division of 28 July and the site for the war cemetery was chosen in September for the burial of all Canadians who had been killed in the Sicily campaign. Agira Canadian War Cemetery contains 491 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Kitchener Public Library collection of World War Two Soldier Information Cards. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Grave marker from Herman Jinssen's grave at Agira Canadian War Cemetery. Jinssen was born on the 14th of June 1910 in The Netherlands.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram August 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram August 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram August 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Preston Ontario Wall of Remembrance Mural– Mural by D. Sopha.  Located adjacent to the Preston Cenotaph.
  • Commemoration Marker– OP Husky 2013 Marker sponsored by Col (retd) JAP Thomson - RC Signals
  • Preston, Ontario Cenotaph– Dedicated November 8, 1926.  The names of Preston soldiers killed in the Second World War were added in 1949.
  • Entrance
  • View of Mt. Enna
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Grave Marker– Visit and photos taken during RCR and Signallers Op Husky Battlefield Tour October 2010. (Richard, Thomson, Holsworth, Nolan)

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