Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gordon Lewis Saunders

In memory of:

Private Gordon Lewis Saunders

November 14, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

A/47044

Age:

34

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

Division:

1 Amb. Coy.

Additional Information


Son of Angus George and Katherine Anne Saunders, of Southampton, Ontario. Husband of Helene Saunders, of Stokes Bay, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 210 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

D, F, 461.

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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  • Southampton Cenotaph– Gordon Lewis Saunders is remembered on the Southampton Cenotaph. This war memorial includes plaques with the names of men from World Wars 1 & 2.  The WWII list is inscribed: "In Memory of the Men of Southampton who Gave Their Lives in World War Two".  Southampton is in Bruce County, Ontario. This photograph was taken by Mr. Clive Freeman in the summer of 2002.
  • Entrance
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • Agira Canadian War Cemetery
  • View of Mt. Enna

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