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Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Liberation of Italy

Subseries consists of photographs, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings and maps relating to the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Liberation of Italy.

In 1975, two members from each Canadian unit who participated in the Italian campaign during World War II were invited to take part in a official Canadian pilgrimage to places around Italy where veterans would tour former battle sites, war graves, towns and cities. In the case of the Cape Breton Highlanders, Charles "Sharkey" MacDonald and Ralph S. Davies were selected to represent the Highlanders.

Photographs

Folio consists of photographs of the Cape Breton Highlanders during World War II taken in locations such as Canada, England, Italy and the Netherlands.

Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Italy photographs

Folio consists of photographs taken on the trip to Italy for the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Italy that prominently feature Charles "Sharkey" MacDonald and Ralph Davies, veterans of the Cape Breton Highlanders. Photos consist of those taken in Ottawa before departure, various places in Italy that the delegation traveled to including various war cemeteries where Cape Breton Highlanders are buried and photos of Highlanders who gave their lives during the war.

Ralph Davies scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook compiled by Cape Breton Highlanders veteran Ralph Davies who was one of two Cape Breton Highlanders veterans who traveled to Italy in 1975 as part of an official Canadian pilgrimage to Italy to mark the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. The scrapbook contains Davies' name tag, an itinerary, flight receipts, newspaper clippings, Davies' international certificates of vaccination, a list of names of special guests, postcards, copies of the orders of ceremonies for different war cemeteries, booklets, and photographs.

Italian welcome signs

File consists of two signs from the Municipality of Rimini that read "Rimini welcomes the representatives of the Canadian Delegation" from the 1975 celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Italy.

Cape Breton Highlanders in front of the Sixty-Two Club

Item is a photograph of a group of Cape Breton Highlanders. Identified in the photo are J. Corkery, J. Vickers, J. Donovan, P. Turnbull, B. MacAulay, B. Kipping, two unidentified Highlanders and a young boy. The men are standing in front of a building with a sign that says "Sixty-Two Club" which was showing the 1944 film "Together Again." 62 was also the unit number for the Cape Breton Highlanders.

Major Sylvester B. MacKinnon

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander Major Sylvester B. MacKinnon standing in front of a military vehicle in France on the way to North-West Europe following the conclusion of fighting in Italy.

Cape Breton Highlanders

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlanders standing on a dirt road in Holland. Identified left to right are Joe Corkery, Burgess, D. MacEachern, Saxton, an unidentified Highlander and John MacKay.

Cape Breton Highlanders wreath

Item is a photograph of the wreath of poppies placed at the Cassino Memorial in the Cassino War Cemetery by Charles "Sharkey" MacDonald and Ralph Davies. The memorial contains names of the fallen who do not have a grave, including four Cape Breton Highlanders: Lieutenant Rodd, Corporal Jewers, Private B.H. Hedd, and Private A.H. MacLeod.

Headstone of E.H. Ashe

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Lance Corporal E.H. Ashe from Glace Bay, of the Cape Breton Highlanders (SP Company), who was killed in combat on May 22, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Ashe's regimental number is F50449.

Headstone of C.M. Archibald

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (A Company) Captain C.M. Archibald of Truro, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 25, 1944 and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery.

Headstone of Donnie Flynn

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private Donnie Flynn of Newfoundland, who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Flynn's regimental number is F55659.

Headstone of Russel H. MacLean

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Private Russel H. MacLean of Glace Bay, who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacLean's regimental number is F54815.

Headstone of D.L. Desveaux

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Private D.L. Desveaux of New Waterford, who was killed in combat on May 4, 1944 and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Desveaux's regimental number is F76452.

Headstone of W.J. (Bill) Martin

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Private W.J. (Bill) Martin, who was killed in combat on May 4, 1944 and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Martin's regimental number is F54822.

Headstone of T.B. McNutt

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private T.B. McNutt of Kentville, who was killed in combat on May 25 and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. McNutt 's regimental number is F30217 .

Headstone of D.P. (Doug) Frye

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Private D.P. (Doug) Frye of Glace Bay , who was killed in combat on May 25 and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Frye's regimental number is F54861.

Headstone of J.E. Mapplebeck

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Private J.E. Mapplebeck of Aylesford, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26 and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Mapplebeck's regimental number is F56450.

Headstone of G.R. "Mermaid" MacDonald

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Corporal G.R. "Mermaid" MacDonald of Prince Edward Island, who was killed in combat on May 28, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacDonald's regimental number is F60129.

Headstone of P.F. (Phil) MacCormack

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Sergeant P.F. (Phil) MacCormack of MacIntyres Lake, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacCormack's regimental number is F54686.

Headstone of A.G. Smith

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Private A.G. Smith of Ashmore, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacDonald's regimental number is F65317.

Headstone of R.C. MacDonald

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Private R.C. MacDonald of Halifax, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacDonald's regimental number is F29675.

Headstone of J.J. McGrath

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private J.J. McGrath of Glace Bay, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. McGrath's regimental number is F88633.

Headstone of L.L. Cormier

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Lance Sergeant L.L. Cormier of Cheticamp, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 17, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Cormier's regimental number is F54613.

Headstone of D.J. Fraser

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Company Sergeant-Major D.J. Fraser of New Waterford, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 17, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Fraser's regimental number is F54767.

Headstone of J. Hare

Item is a photograph of the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Private J. Hare of North Sydney, N.S., who was killed in combat on February 12, 1944 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Hare's regimental number is F88239.

Headstone of C.W. Cameron

Item is a photograph of the headstone of West Nova Scotia Regiment Private C.W. Cameron of Glace Bay, N.S. who was killed in combat on December 17, 1943 and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Cameron's regimental number is F55150.

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