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George Alexander Campion

In memory of:

Corporal George Alexander Campion

May 23, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


January 23, 1911
Tofield, Alberta


February 15, 1940
Edmonton, Alberta

Son of Adolph Campion of Tofield, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 267 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:

IX. G. 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 at 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 CASSINO WAR 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.

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  • Photo of George Campion– The Italian Campaign - With the fall of Sicily by mid-August, 1943, the decision was made to oust the Germans from Italy. The 1st Division and the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade crossed the Strait of Messina to the southwest tip of Italy in September and moved northwards. Ortona, at the Adriatic end of the German winter line, fell to the 2nd Infantry Brigade in December, 1943 after bitter fighting.

As the Canadians fought their way up the peninsula, mounting casualties included many Aboriginal soldiers.  It was at the outset of the attack on Ortona that an Alberta Métis, Sgt. George Alexander Campion, was awarded the Military Medal (MM).

His citation in part: - "On 22 December 1943, 'A' Company of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment were attacking down the main street of Ortona, Italy, supported by a troop of tanks when a mine field was spotted about 25 meters in front of the leading tank.  All the infantry were pinned inside buildings by machine gun fire from four guns.  Engineers were called forward to clear the field but owing to this fire, it was impossible for them to get near the mines. Sgt. Campion asked permission from of his C.O., to lay a smoke screen. Permission was granted, and he gathered a pocket full of smoke grenades from his platoon, ran 30 yards (~25 meters) beyond the mine field into the open street and threw his grenades. A perfect smoke screen resulted. He then ran back to his platoon to collect more grenades.  In the meantime the Engineers, who had not been able to complete their task before the smoke cleared, were driven back by machine gun fire.  Returning, Sgt Campion laid another smoke screen which enabled them to clear the mines and thus allowed the advance to go on. 
The distance covered each time under heavy machine gun fire in the open street was approx. 30 yards (~25 meters).  Because of his determination and absolute lack of personal fear on these two occasions, he contributed materially to the success of the operation".
  • Fortyniner magazine– From the Loyal Edmonton Regimental magazine the Fortyniner.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of GEORGE ALEXANDER CAMPION– From the Loyal Edmonton Regimental magazine the Fortyniner.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of GEORGE ALEXANDER CAMPION– From the Loyal Edmonton Regimental magazine the Fortyniner.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– News Clipping

Mount Campion 2484M (8150 ft) - Located in the Little Berland River Valley at the head of Star Creek. Hoff Range, Willmore Park, Alberta. Major headwater Athabasca River.
Lat: 53; 36; 05 Long: 118; 24; 00, Topo map 83E/89
Named in 1949. Campion, Corporal George (Acting Sgt/Cpl Campion was an Edmonton soldier who was killed during WWII.) Official name.
  • Press clipping– Magazine Clipping
  • Mount Campion– Mount Campion

Mount Campion is located approximately 83 kilometres north-northwest of Jasper, in Willmore Park Alberta.
  • Medals– WWII Medals

Left to right: Military Medal (MM), The 1939-1945 Star, The Italy Star, The Defence Medal, The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal w/bar, The War Medal 1939-1945
  • Grave marker

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