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Gérard Gagnon

In memory of:

Private Gérard Gagnon

July 30, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

E/5044

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal 22e Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

January 22, 1917

Son of Joseph and Valentine (nee Fournier) of Loretteville, Quebec. Brother of Yvonne, André, Antoine et Gaudoise.

Brother of Private Jules Alphonse Gagnon , who died while serving with the South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C.

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, F, 82.

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Grave marker from Gerard Gagnon's grave at Agira Canadian War Cemetery.
  • Letter
  • Letter 2
  • Photo of Gérard Gagnon– Gérard Gagnon was born on Januray 22, 1917 to Joseph-Antoine Gagnon and Valentine Fournier.
  • Grave Marker
  • Photo of Gérard Gagnon
  • War Medals
  • Entrance
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • View of Mt. Enna

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