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Denys Francis Harold Ward

In memory of:

Captain Denys Francis Harold Ward

July 24, 1943


Military Service






Royal Canadian Artillery


2 Field Regt.

Additional Information

Son of Harold Charles and Elsie Adelaide (nee Adrian) Ward of Bexley Heath, Kent, England. Brother of Gunner Bernard M.J. Ward, Royal Artillery, killed in action on 1 October 1942. Husband of Leone Grace Ward, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Province of Saskatchewan commemorated Captain Ward by naming Ward Creek in his honour.

Commemorated on Page 224 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

D, E, 454.


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– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Star-Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 10 Sep 1943, p. 3.
  • Newspaper clipping– Star-Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 13 Sep 1943, p. 3.
  • Grave marker– Grave marker from Denys Ward's grave at Agira Canadian War Cemetery.
  • Photo of DENYS FRANCIS HAROLD WARD– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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