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George Strank

In memory of:

Corporal George Strank

February 27, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

M/12307

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

14th Canadian Hussars, R.C.A.C.

Division:

8th Reconnaissance Regt.

Additional Information


Son of Wasyle and Annie Strank, of Rossburn, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 568 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:

XX. H. 13.

Location:

Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Letter– Canadian Army notification letter of 13 March 1945 to the father of Cpl. George Strank who was killed in action.
  • Photo of George (Strynadka) Strank– 1921-1945
  • Newspaper Clipping– Eight Strank Brothers in the Army

There is hardly any Ukrainian family in Canada that hasn't sent at least one son to the military services.  There are many families that sent four, five or even six sons.  It would appear that the Wasyl & Annie Strank family of Rossburn, Manitoba stand first - they sent eight of their sons to the armed forces.

Mr & Mrs Strank live in the Village of Rossburn.  Mr Strank came to Canada in 1903 from the village of Banyliv, Ukraine.  Mrs Strank (Pradinuk) came from the  village of Kadabeski, Ukraine.  The Strank's married in Canada.  Beside the eight sons in the armed forces, there are three daughters and three sons still at home.

Pictured left to right top row:
John (30), Alex (28) fought in Italy, Bill (27), Peter (25)

Bottom row:
George (24) killed in Holland, Mike (22), Matt (20), Dan (19).

All eight brothers joined the forces as volunteers.

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