Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Richard Hartney Ellis

In memory of:

Lance Sergeant Richard Hartney Ellis

August 2, 1943

Sicily, Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

F/41563

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

February 10, 1920
Shoal Bay, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

September 19, 1939
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Son of John and Alice Ellis, of Bear River, Digby County, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 157 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

B, C, 162.

Location:

Agira Canadian War Cemetery lies in the Commune of Agira, Province of Enna, in the centre of Sicily. From the autostrada A19, Catania-Palermo, take the exit to Catenanuova. Follow signposts to Regalbuto, then pass Regalbuto, going in the direction of Agira. The Cemetery is then signposted about 12 kilometres from Regalbuto. On 10 July 1943, following the successful conclusion of the north African campaign in mid May, a combined allied force of 160,000 Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy. The Italians, who would shortly make peace with the Allies and re-enter the war on their side, offered little determined resistance but German opposition was vigorous and stubborn. The campaign in Sicily came to an end on 17 August when the two allied forces came together at Messina, but failed to cut off the retreating Axis lines. Agira was taken by the 1st Canadian Division of 28 July and the site for the war cemetery was chosen in September for the burial of all Canadians who had been killed in the Sicily campaign. Agira Canadian War Cemetery contains 491 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Entrance
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • View of Mt. Enna
  • Newspaper clipping – Found in a scrap book by my cousin and sent to me. From the Chronicle Herald, Halifax 1943.

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