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Basil Eric Gill

In memory of:

Corporal Basil Eric Gill

July 22, 1943

Sicily

Military Service


Service Number:

K/42051

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45.

Additional Information


Born:

July 19, 1920
Cabri, Saskatchewan

Enlistment:

October 5, 1939
Kamloops, British Columbia

Son of Eric Every and Dorothy May (nee West) Gill, of Armstrong, British Columbia. Brother of Thomas, Kenneth, Donald, Alan, Garth, Muriel, Beatrice, Rosalie, Elizabeth, Patricia and his twin James.

Commemorated on Page 163 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

B, B, 146.

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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  • Grave Marker– SLT Gerald Yates places a Canadian flag at the grave of Cpl Basil Eric Gill and salutes a fallen comrade in arms.
  • Photo of BASIL ERIC GILL– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Entrance
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • View of Mt. Enna

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