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Sidney Jessop

In memory of:

Sergeant Sidney Jessop

May 26, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

A/11463

Age:

34

Force:

Army

Unit:

Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of John Edwin and Lily Jessop; husband of Ruth S. Jessop, of San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Commemorated on Page 345 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. G. 11.

Location:

CASSINO WAR CEMETERY lies in the Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139 kilometres south-east of Rome. It is situated in the valley of the River Liri immediately below the southern spurs of the central Apennines. Above it at a distance of one kilometre is the dominating hill on which stands the Abbey of Monte Cassino, founded by St. Benedict in the year 529 on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo. If approaching the CASSINO WAR CEMETERY by road, follow the Highway A2 from Rome to Naples and leave it at the Cassino exit. After passing the pay booths, follow the sign for Cassino. At the traffic lights, after a block of flats, turn right towards the locality of S. Angelo and the CWGC signs will then be seen.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Cemetery– A11463 Sergeant Sidney Jessop, Perth Regiment, was killed in action on 26 May 1944. He was from San Antonio, Texas. His regimental number would indicate that he joined the Perth Regiment in Stratford, Ontario. My dad wrote of Sidney in his book, Not All of Us Were Brave, that Sidney was a thirty-niner. 

I don’t know the circumstances of Sgt Jessop’s call to arms but I’ll speculate that when Hitler invaded Poland he drove North to Canada to join the fight against tyranny. USA at this time was still neutral while Canada had declared war against Germany on 10 September 1939.

Sgt Jessop was the Perth’s regimental provost and well-respected by the men of his regiment. Jessop had the tragic misfortune of motoring his Norton motorcycle past an ammunition laden vehicle at the precise moment that it was struck by a German bomb and obliterated in a colossal blast.

Rest in Peace brave Texan. Your name liveth for evermore.

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