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John Henry William Taschereau Pope

In memory of:

Major John Henry William Taschereau Pope

July 18, 1943

Military Service


Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Born:

November 11, 1912
Québec City, Québec

Enlistment:

September 6, 1939
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Edger William and Margaret G. Pope. Husband of Mary St. George Pope, of Victoria, British Columbia.

The province of British Columbia honoured Major Pope by naming Pope Island in his honour.

Commemorated on Page 204 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

B, F,-215.

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– From the Charlottetown PEI newspaper The Guardian. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Entrance
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • View of Mt. Enna
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source:  Globe and Mail August 11, 1943
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source:  Hamilton Spectator August 11, 1943
  • Grave Marker– Gravesite of Maj JHW Pope The RCR
  • Newspaper Clippling– From the Montreal Gazette. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clippling– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clippling– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clippling– From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Lt.Col. Crowe and Major Pope checking a map outside Piazza Armerina. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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