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Kenneth Gilbert McBride

In memory of:

Captain Kenneth Gilbert McBride

September 16, 1944

Military Service






Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Additional Information

Son of Roland Leigh McBride and Winifred May McBride, of Nelson, British Columbia. Brother of Leigh Morgan McBride, who also served with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

Commemorated on Page 382 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, 6.


CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY is 3.5 kilometres west of Riccione, a seaside resort on the Adriatic coast, and is reached by turning west off the main Rimini/Riccione road about 1 kilometre north-west of Riccione. In the town of Riccione is a sign leading to the Coriano Ridge War Cemetery. Carry on in the direction of Coriano until a 'T' junction is reached. Turn left and after a short distance the Cemetery will be found on the right-hand side. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited outside the working hours of the local gardening staff, but will be unmanned.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Cemetery– Entrance - Coriano Ridge War Cemetery - May 2013 ... Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Coriano Ridge War Cemetery - May 2013 ... Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Cross of Sacrifice - Coriano Ridge War Cemetery - May 2013 ... Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker - Coriano Ridge War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Photo of Kenneth Gilbert McBride– Capt. Ken McBride in about 1943.
  • Father and Sons– Seaforth Highlanders Capt. Ken McBride with his father Roland Leigh McBride (1881-1959) and brother Maj. L.M. McBride (1917-1995), who was also with the Seaforths in Italy and was injured and taken as a POW in the Ortona campaign.
  • Vancouver Sun Newspaper– Article from Vancouver Sun newspaper after he was killed.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping.
  • Brothers– Kenneth McBride (right) in 1933 with his brother Leigh Morgan McBride, who was a Major with the Seaforth Highlanders in the Italian campaign.
  • Little Brothers– Ken McBride, age 2, with his brother Leigh, 5, in 1922 in Nelson, B.C.
  • B.C. Daily News– Report dated September 22, 1944 in the Nelson, B.C. Daily News about Ken's brother Leigh being a prisoner of war.  He had been listed as missing in action since May, 1944.  The parents were overjoyed to hear the news of Leigh, and then devastated a couple of days later to learn of Ken's death.
  • Photo of Kenneth and Leigh McBride– Major Leigh M. McBride (left) and Captain Kenneth G. McBride circa 1942 when they were both in the Seaforth Highlanders headed for action in Italy.  Photo taken in Calgary by a photographer signed "Hiss".  This is the best photo Leigh's family has of the two of them in uniform.
  • Newspaper clipping– Vancouver Sun report dated August 31, 1946 of golf trophy named in honour of Ken McBride, who was an outstanding golfer out of Nelson, B.C. and who played on the UBC golf team.
  • Leigh and Ken McBride– Leigh and Ken McBride as dapper golf-playing teen-agers in Nelson, B.C. before the war.
  • Letter - October 1, 1944 (Page 1 of 3)– First page of 3-page letter from Ken's father, R.L. McBride to a friend Beattie dated Oct. 1, 1944. Tells of how he learned of Ken's death and other son Leigh taken prisoner in Italy.
  • Letter - October 1, 1944 (Page 2 of 3)– Page 2 of 3-page letter from R.L. McBride to friend Beattie in Oct 1944
  • Letter - October 1, 1944 (Page 3 of 3)– page 3 of 3-page letter from R.L. McBride to friend Beattie in Oct 1944
  • Coriano Ridge War Cemetery
  • Grave Marker– Sam McBride visiting the gravesite of his uncle Ken McBride at Coriano Ridge for the first time, on June 12, 2005
  • Photo of Kenneth McBride– Ken playing badminton, one of many sports he excelled in.
  • Envelope– Envelope of Feb. 3, 1943 letter from Ken to his father.
  • Letter– Page 1 of Feb. 3, 1943 from Ken to his father
  • Letter– page 2 of Feb. 3, 1943 letter from Ken to his father
  • Newspaper Clipping– Nelson Daily News report of Ken's death in September 1945
  • Newspaper Clipping– Obituary of Ken's father R.L. McBride in May 1959.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Clipping of Ken winning UBC golf tournament
  • Newspaper Clipping– October 1940 Nelson News clipping of golf wins of Ken and his cousin Jim Allan
  • Badge– Ken's golf team jacket badge at University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Family Tree– Chart of birth and death information of Ken and his parents.
  • Book– Cover of 2005 book that includes descriptions of Ken McBride and 69 other Nelson men who died in WWII
  • Family Tree– Ken's family tree going back to his great-grandparents who came to Canada from Ireland, England, Wales and New York
  • Telegram– Telegram Ken received in 1939 from Nelson Mayor Stibbs congratulating him for winning the UBC Golf Championship
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper report of heroic efforts of Ken and other B.C. soldiers in the Italian campaign
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping of Ken commissioned as an officer.
  • Letter– Condolence letter to Ken's father from General
  • Newspaper Clipping– Vancouver Province article Sept. 22, 1944 about Ken and four Seaforth Highlander colleagues
  • Newspaper Clipping– Obituary in the Nelson News of Ken's nephew who was named after him, Kenneth Edgar Leigh McBride, who died Dec. 27, 2005 at age 56.
  • Photo of Kennth McBride– Studio photo of Ken
  • Letter– page one of letter from Ken McBride to his mother in Italy in January 1944
  • letter– pages 2 and 3 of January 1944 letter from Italian campaign from Ken McBride to his mother Win McBride.
  • Remembering his brother– Leigh McBride visited the gravesite of his brother Ken for the first time in 1974 when he came to Italy with other Canadian Veterans as part of a 30th anniversary tour.
  • Photo of Leigh McBride– Leigh McBride behind his brother Ken's gravestone at Coriano Ridge in 1974.
  • Notice– Notice from Premier Gordon Campbell that Mount McBride near Fauquier, B.C. was named after Capt. Kenneth Gilbert McBride.

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