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John Klacza

In memory of:

Rifleman John Klacza

February 26, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

B/103245

Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Frank and Wilhelmina Klacza, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 530 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VIII. H. 15.

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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  • Photo of John Klacza– Rifleman Klacza enlisted in the Army in early 1944 and joined the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada as a replacement Rifleman during the Scheldt fighting.  He was killed during the attack on Mooshof/Steeg, Germany during Operation Blockbuster.
  • Obituary– This obituary of Rifleman Klacza was clipped from a Toronto paper in 1945 by Mrs Josie McQuade.
  • Grave Marker– This photo of Rfn Klacza's gravemarker was taken in June 2003.

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