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Edward Samuel Stokes

In memory of:

Lieutenant Edward Samuel Stokes

September 3, 1944

Military Service


Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Division:

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

Honours and Awards:

Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information


Son of Lt.-Col. Samuel Gladstone Stokes and Jenney Louise Stokes, of Sarnia, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 454 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, 57.

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.

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  • Cemetery– Row of markers in the tiered Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Cross of Sacrifice - Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– View of the Cross of Sacrifice from the tiered rows of Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Grave Marker– Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Cemetery– Gradara Cemetery, Gradara, Italy
  • Photo of Edward (Sam)uel Stokes
  • Photo of Edward (Sam)uel Stokes– LT Sam Stokes in England, 1942
  • Stained Glass Window– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2710 Lt Edward Samuel Stokes (RMC 1939) was the son of Lt.-Col. Samuel Gladstone Stokes and Jenney Louise Stokes, of Sarnia, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C., 'C' Sqn., 1st Armd. Car Regt. He was Mentioned in Despatches. He died on Sept 3, 1944 at 23 years of age. He was buried in the Gradara War Cemetery in Gradara, Pesaro, Italy.
  • Plaque– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2710 Lt Edward Samuel Stokes (RMC 1939) was the son of Lt.-Col. Samuel Gladstone Stokes and Jenney Louise Stokes, of Sarnia, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C., 'C' Sqn., 1st Armd. Car Regt. He was Mentioned in Despatches. He died on Sept 3, 1944 at 23 years of age. He was buried in the Gradara War Cemetery in Gradara, Pesaro, Italy.
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2710 Lt Edward Samuel Stokes (RMC 1939) was the son of Lt.-Col. Samuel Gladstone Stokes and Jenney Louise Stokes, of Sarnia, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C., 'C' Sqn., 1st Armd. Car Regt. He was Mentioned in Despatches. He died on Sept 3, 1944 at 23 years of age. He was buried in the Gradara War Cemetery in Gradara, Pesaro, Italy.
  • Photo of Edward Samuel Stokes– Sam outside of what I assume is R.M.C.  The caption in his own writing reads, "We are not rough, we are not tough, but we are determined!"
  • Photo of EDWARD SAMUEL STOKES– Edward Samuel Stokes (photo by Yosuf Karsh) circa 1940-1 while a cadet at RMC.

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