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Adam Adolphus Willette

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Adam Adolphus Willette

September 24, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


July 24, 1917
Arthurette, New Brunswick


November 29, 1939
Woodstock, New Brunswick

Son of Adam and Sadie Willette, of Arthurette, Victoria Co., New Brunswick.

Commemorated on Page 478 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:

I. C. 9.


The ANCONA WAR CEMETERY lies in the rural locality of Tavernelle, in the Commune and Province of Ancona, 3 kilometres south of the town of Ancona. The ANCONA WAR CEMETERY is reached from the town by following the Varono-Camerano road up the hill past the Ancona Communal Cemetery on the left. Continuing straight down the hill for about 200 metres, visitors will find the War Cemetery on the right. Alternatively, leave the Austostrada at Ancona Sud and take the SS16 towards Ancona. After approximately 3 kilometres (via Pietro Filonze) turn right to pass in front of the wholesale fruit markets; pass under the railway line and at the next junction turn left. The War Cemetery is found after several kilometres on the left shortly after a FINA petrol filling station. This route is signposted.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of ADAM ADOLPHUS WILLETTE– This picture is from "The Canadians At War 1939/45 volume 1" hard cover book by Reader's Digest page 166, published 1969. Adam died on September 24th, 1944 at the age of 27 from injuries sustained from a bombing and is buried at The ANCONA WAR CEMETERY in Italy. He was buried alive for over a week under a building that was bombed. After being rescued he was taken to a hospital where he dictated a letter home to his mother, Sadie Willett of Red Rapids, Victoria County, New Brunswick, of his situation and that he was coming home soon. She received the letter two days after she was informed he had died of his wounds.
  • Trench art– trench art made by Adam and saved by his fiancé
  • Trench Art– trench art made by Adam and saved by his fiancé
  • Trench Art– trench art made by Adam and saved by his fiancé
  • Trench Art– trench art made by Adam and saved by his fiancé
  • Photo of Adam Adolphus Willette– Adam Adolphus Willette as a young boy, (approx. 10 years of age) growing up in Arthurette, Victoria County, New Brunswick
  • Photo of Adam Adolphus Willette– Adam was buried alive for almost a week after the building he was in was bombed. After being rescued, weak and close to death, he was brought to a hospital where he seemed to be getting stronger. In a letter home to his mother, dictated to a priest as he was still too weak to write himself, he said that he was getting better and would be coming home soon. Unfortunately Adam succumbed to his wounds shortly after the letter was dictated. The letter didn't make it home until two days after his mother, Sadie Willette, was informed of his death.
  • Photo of Adam Willette
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