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David Albert Alexander Bleakley

In memory of:

Lance Corporal David Albert Alexander Bleakley

December 3, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C.


' A ' Sqn., 1st Armd. Car Regt.

Additional Information

Son of George and Phoebe Bleakley, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 252 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, H, 60.


GRADARA WAR CEMETERY is situated in the Commune of Gradara in the Province of Pesaro, at a distance of about 1.5 kilometres from the shores of the Adriatic. To reach the GRADARA WAR CEMETERY from Highway A14 (Bologna-Taranto), exit at Cattolica, which is the nearest town and a seaside resort. The Cemetery is on the main road 5 kilometres south west of the town. The cemetery occupies a unique position on a hillside which was terraced for agriculture, each row of graves taking up one terrace. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944 and it contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini (which broke the Gothic Line) and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21st September 1944.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Markers– Row of markers in the tiered Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Cross of Sacrifice - Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– View of the Cross of Sacrifice from the tiered rows of Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker - Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram January 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source:  Globe and Mail, January 3, 1945
  • Photo of David Bleakley– David with his Motorcycle
  • Group Photo– David on left
  • Grave Marker– Gravestone in Gradara War Cemetery
  • Group Photo– David on left

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