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Albin Sumara

In memory of:

Private Albin Sumara

November 1, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

F/50271

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

May 4, 1918
Joggins, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

June 17, 1940
Amherst, Nova Scotia

Son of Frank and Tillie Sumara, of Springhill, Nova Scotia.

Nephew of Private Albin Joseph Sumara, who died during service with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regiment).

Commemorated on Page 455 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VII. D. 1.

Location:

Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker– The Fieldgrave(left one) of Pte.Albin Sumara at Retranchement(The Netherlands). The fieldgrave was located in the garden of the Luteijn family at the Dorpstraat 5a. With was a first aid post at that time.
  • Photo of ALBIN SUMARA– A tragic and ironic loss for the Sumara family, as young Albin, whose father emigrated to Canada from Czechoslovakia in 1904 at the age of 13 years, followed in the footsteps of his uncle, Albin Joseph Sumara, who was killed in action during World War I.  Albin Frank Sumara, born just months before his uncle died, was the second Albin Sumara killed in action while serving Canada in World War II.  Albin was a notable pitcher with a local Springhill, Nova Scotia, baseball team prior to the war.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Entrance– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens

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