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William Chvala

In memory of:

Sergeant William Chvala

December 6, 1944


Pesaro, Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

B/46

Age:

36

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Division:

1st Armd. Car Regt.

Citation(s):

1939 - 1945 Star, Italy Star,Defence Medal, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp

Additional Information


Born:

February 25, 1908
New York City, NY

Enlistment:

August 17, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Mr. Paul and Mrs. Susan Chvala, of North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Brother of George and Lillian.

Commemorated on Page 273 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I, H, 68.

Location:

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
  • Identification– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of WILLIAM CHVALA– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Notification of death– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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