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William Harry Ashby

In memory of:

Private William Harry Ashby

February 28, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada


1939-45 Star
France and Germany Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp
War Medal 1939-45

Additional Information


September 8, 1916
East York, Ontario


June 5, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William Henry and Nellie Ashby of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Gladys Anna Ashby and father of Joseph and Margaret Ashby of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Charles, George, Florence, Elsie, Margaret and Gladys.

Commemorated on Page 492 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:

VII. G. 11.


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.

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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