Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Edward Willis

In memory of:

Private James Edward Willis

December 22, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

H/14119

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, R.C.A.C.

Additional Information


Son of James and Beatrice Willis, of Port Arthur, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 479 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IV, F, 20.

Location:

The ARGENTA GAP WAR CEMETERY lies in the Commune of Argenta in the Province of Ferrara and is situated in the low, flat agricultural country of the Po Valley. The town of Argenta is approximately 105 kilometres south of Venice and lies 2 kilometres south of the Cemetery on the busy road connecting Ravenna with Ferrara (Route No.16). If approaching the Cemetery from the south, the visitor should bear right just before reaching the town of Argenta and proceed down the Strada di Circonvallazione, passing the railway station on the right. The second turning to the right should then be taken and, after crossing the railway, the visitor should continue forward to a fork where he should again bear right. The turning to the Cemetery will then be found on the left a little further on near a farm. If approaching the ARGENTA GAP WAR CEMETERY from the north, the visitor should turn sharp left off the main road at the first cross-roads on the borders of the town and then take the third turning to the left which will lead to the railway crossing mentioned above. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited outside the working hours of the local gardening staff, but will be unmanned. The local gardening staff working hours are as follows:
From first Monday in April:
Monday to Thursday: 07.30 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 16.45
Friday: 07.30 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 15.30
From first Monday in October:
Monday to Thursday: 08.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 16.00
Friday: 08.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 15.00

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of James Willis– Pte. James E. Willis, Army, died of wounds, Italy, December 1944.
  Photo courtesy of Hillcrest High School - "Stairway of Honour" project.  Eighty-four large portraits of students from the Second World War line both sides of the 55 stairs leading up to the school's auditorium. Most of the portraits have the rank and year of death of the student. Some portraits explain how the soldier died, but many were MIA and presumed dead. Each year, teachers from the grade 10 Canadian History course take their students to the stairway around November 11th to complete a project that deals directly with the pictures on the Stairway of Honour.

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