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In Memory of


Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C
who died on
Thursday, 4th January 1945. Age 20.

Additional Information:
Son of Albert John and Florence Edlund, of Burns Lake, British Columbia.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
I, C, 10.
Villanova lies in the Commune of Bagnacavallo in the Province of Ravenna. Take autostrada A14, Bologna-Ancona, and branch off to Ravenna. Turn left along the SS16 towards Ferrara and at 7.5 kilometres, at the village of Mezzano, turn left to Villanova, about 4 kilometres.

Historical Information:

The site of the cemetery was chosen by the 5th Canadian Armoured Division for battlefield burials. It was in the vicinity of Villanova that troops of this Division succeeded in establishing a bridgehead over the River Lamone in the night 10/11th December 1944. West of this bridgehead there was heavy fighting in the following days, when attempts were made to cross the three canals that run from Faenza to the sea; from 12th to 15th December the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment and the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards suffered heavily in these attempts, and 85 of the burials in the cemetery come from these two regiments. Among the others are those of casualties incurred in the advance to the final line held by the Canadians on the River Senio before they left Italy in February 1945. There are now over 200, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.