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Arsene Joseph Gagnon

In memory of:

Private Arsene Joseph Gagnon

July 18, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

G/19391

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Albenie and Sophia Gagnon, of Dupuis Corner, New Brunswick.

Commemorated on Page 161 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:

A, C, 38.

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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  • Photo of Arsene Gagnon– Arsene Gagnon (photo courtesy: The Gagnon Family)
  • Grave marker– Grave marker from Arsene Gagnon's grave at Agira Canadian War Cemetery.
  • Entrance
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • View of Mt. Enna
  • Entrance– Entrance - Agira Canadian War Cemetery - 2013
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Agira Canadian War Cemetery - 2013
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Agira Canadian War Cemetery - 2013
  • Grave Marker– Agira Canadian War Cemetery - 2013

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