Language selection


Search veterans.gc.ca

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Edward Prokop

In memory of:

Sapper Edward Prokop

December 3, 1943


Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

A/34932

Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Engineers

Division:

3 Field Coy.

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

January 8, 1923
Kitchener, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 7, 1941
Kitchener, Ontario

Son of Leo and Mary Prokop, of Kitchener, Ontario. Brother of Leo, Wanda, Victoria, Nellie, Hilda and Josephine.

Commemorated on Page 205 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:

V. H. 7.

Location:

By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona. In January 1944 the Canadian Corps selected this site, intending that it would contain the graves of those who died during the Ortona battle and in the fighting in the weeks before and after it. Today, there are 1,615 graves in the cemetery, of which over 50 are unidentified and 1,375 are Canadian.

The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery lies in the locality of San Donato in the Commune of Ortona, Province of Chieti, and is sited on high ground near the sea just east of the main Adriatic coast road (SS16). The cemetery can be reached from Rome on the autostrada A25 (Rome-Pescara) by branching on the autostrada A14 and leaving it at Ortona. The approach road to the cemetery from the main road passes under an arch forming part of the little church of San Donato. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

Send us your images
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Kitchener Public Library Collection of World War Two Soldier Information Cards. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Kitchener Public Library Collection of World War Two Soldier Information Cards. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Kitchener Public Library Collection of World War Two Soldier Information Cards. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Photo of EDWARD PROKOP– Edward Prokop's medals, photos, etc were all found at a garage sale by one of our RCL Ontario Br 50 (Fred Gies) members and purchased for the branch. The items have been properly mounted, framed etc and are on display along with a brief bio of his life: Edward Prokop was a member of the pre–war Scots Fusilers of Canada. He transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineers who were pleading for men. Trained at Knollwood Park in Kitchener, he soon found himself in England and assigned to 3 Field Company. He was sent to participate in the Italian Campaign and fought in several major actions in 1943. Sadly, Edward was killed at the approaches of the Moro River in Italy on 3 December 1943, one month after penning a Christmas card to his mother, Mary. He had been overseas for two years. In addition to his mother, he left his father Leo, a brother — Leo Jr, and five sisters —Josephine, Hilda, Nellie, Vickie, and Margaret. He was just 20.

Learn more about the Canadian Virtual Memorial

To learn more please visit our help page. If you have questions or comments regarding the information contained in this registry, email or call us.

Date modified: