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3 Fallen Warriors from San Antonio, Texas

Post by georgetanksherman » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:41 pm

C.S.M. Deshler Whiting, E/0193 San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Royal Rifles of Canada, C.A.S.F.


CSM Whiting Died on Active Service June 4, 1941 while in Canada and is buried at St. Johns Anglican Cemetery, Newfoundland. Cause of death is not known.

Note: Five other Americans died while serving with Royal Rifles of Canada, C.A.S.F.

Private Eugene Adelbert Neale, A/21886 San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.


Private Neale was involved in the attack on Dieppe, France, He was originally reported as Missing in Action, but three days later it was changed to Killed in Action. The exact cause of his death is not known, records stated that he was killed on August 19, 1942 and is buried at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery in France

Note: 9 other Americans died while serving with Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.


Sergeant Sidney Jessop, A/11463 San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C
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Sergeant Jessop was Killed in Action on May 26, 1944. Exact cause of death and location is not known, but his unit was part of the Liri Valley campaign to push the Adolf Hitler Line back. He is buried at the Cassino Canadian War Cemetery in Italy

Note: One other American died while serving with Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C.

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Re: 3 Fallen Warriors from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Temujin » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:14 am

georgetanksherman wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:41 pm


Sergeant Sidney Jessop, A/11463 San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C
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Sergeant Jessop was Killed in Action on May 26, 1944. Exact cause of death and location is not known, but his unit was part of the Liri Valley campaign to push the Adolf Hitler Line back. He is buried at the Cassino Canadian War Cemetery in Italy

Note: One other American died while serving with Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C.


His records
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Later on 25 May, 11 Cdn Inf Bde passed through the MELFA bridgehead that had been secured by 5 Cdn Armd Bde. The Cape Breton Highlanders supported by 8 N.B.H. crossed the MELFA under heavy mortar fire, followed by the Perth R. The Ir R.C. which had crossed previously under command of 5 Cdn Armd Bde now reverted to is own brigade. The original plan required the infantry brigade to pass through the bridgehead at 1200 hours and exploit to the LIRI, but this plan was held up due to excessive traffic. The 5 Cdn Inf Div report refers not only to the lack of roads and bridges but also to interference from 1 Cdn Inf Div and 6 (Brit) Armd Div. By last light the whole Brigade was consolidated with the C.B. Highrs in the area 663245 - 660251 - 678249 672247, the Perth Regiment on the left flank, area 665233, and the Ir R.C. on the right. By midnight orders were issued for a further advance at 0630 hours the following morning, 26 May, to CEPRANO with C.B. Highrs on the right and the Perth R. on the left, each supported by a squadron of tanks from 8 N.B.H. (Reports from Hist Offr 5 Cdn Armd Div on Operations of C.B. Highrs, Perth R., and 8 N.B.H. in the LIRI Valley; Report of 5 Cdn Armd Div.) 60. Opposition from 88 mm guns was disposed of by fire from the Divisional Artillery, with Air Observation Posts doing excellent work. Mines, however, slowed up the advance to a certain extent. Very heavy machine-gun fire and sniping from the high ground North of the railway caused some casualties to C.B. Highrs. This unit attacked successfully across the railway, supported by artillery concentrations and overhead fire from the tank machine-guns. Meanwhile, the Perth R. had reached their objective, 623265, after brushing with the enemy in square 6323. The progress of the supporting tanks was slowed up throughout the day by the scrubby close country, and enemy mines, mortars and anti-tank guns. The advance of the C.B. Highrs was ordered to be continued at 1830 hours to the cross roads 6227 near CEPRANI. The Brigade failed to reach CEPRANO as expected and look up strong positions for the night along a line 623281 - 618270 - 619260 - 620257, but with its right flank left open since 78 Div on the right had not yet crossed the MELFA and since the 1 Cdn Inf Div force on the left had not yet come up in line. Earlier in the day a troop of G.G.H.G. had penetrated to M. PICCOLO and M. GRANDE, squares 6529, but had been forced to withdraw. (Ibid, Report of 1 Cdn Corps; W.D., G.S., H.Q. 5 Cdn Armd Div, May 44.) 61. At 1125 hours, 26 May, 1 Cdn Corps issued Operation Instruction No. 12, ordering the continuance of the advance on the general axis CEPRANO-POFIFROSINONE and the destruction of as many enemy as possible. The first objective was to be the lateral road CEPRANO STAZ DI CEPRANO, 6024, and the second objective the road POFI-STAZ POFI-CASTRO 5025. 1 Cdn Inf Div was to go into reserve when the first objective had been reached and 5 Cdn Inf Div to continue the advance. (Report of 1 Cdn Corps.) 62. Elements of 1 Cdn Inf Div pushed forward on foot and marched to establish a bridgehead across the Rive SACCO, South of CEPRANO on the night 26/27 May. The bridge was completed across the river on the following night and the division remained in that area.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/Cana ... Valley.htm
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-nat ... -1944.html

The following is from the “Fighting Perths”, a history of the Regiment

The Perths' turn to move came May 20. They were soon in the area which had been taken from the enemy in the nine days preceding. Stanley Scislowski recalls: "The debris on the road thickened, until the men had to take to the verges to by-pass the obstacles. An anti-tank gun that had been manned by a stubborn crew lay askew in the road, with its dead crew scattered around it."

The Perths marched, halted and dug in; marched, halted and dug in. On the night of May 24, they marched through the hours of darkness, and at daybreak were in an area from which enemy stragglers had not yet been cleared. As a prelude to breakfast, each company detailed a fighting patrol to clear Germans from its company area.

Later in the morning, orders arrived for the Perths to force a crossing of the Melfa River, a mile and a half ahead. In the afternoon the rifle companies moved forward, and at 1800 hours the forward companies made good the river crossing, against machine-gun and mortar fire, with only three casualties. For the next five days, the Perth Regiment was part of the spearhead of the Eighth Army.

May 26 was a hot, dusty day. Moving in cooperation with a squadron of tanks of the New Brunswick Hussars, the Perth rifle companies fanned out in arrowhead formation, and fought forward across five miles of scrubby countryside from the Melfa to the Liri River. Enemy shelling was heavy; machine-gun nests and anti-tank guns were dealt with as the Perths and Hussars encountered them. The day's casualties were 10 killed, 30 wounded.

On May 27 the Perths moved early in the morning to attack the town of Ceprano, on the far bank of the Liri. As they neared the river, they came under heavy shellfire. Of the assault boats they were carrying, only one was not damaged.

This information is from the Master Roll of everyone who served in the Perth Regiment

Jessop, Sidney
Sgt
Enlisted on 27 Sept 1939
Reg No. A11463
KIA May 26, 44
Cpl 21 Oct 41:
Regt Provost:
Killed by bomb, Melfa River - Information taken from Stan Scislowski’s book “Not All of Us Were Brave”
Home town, Orangeville/San Antonio’s, Tex
Source: Paper

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Re: 3 Fallen Warriors from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Temujin » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:18 am

Hey George, I’ll see if I can find more on Sgt Jessop.

My father in law also served in the Perth Regiment during WW2. Link to his service on this website just if your interested
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Re: 3 Fallen Warriors from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Temujin » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:30 am

georgetanksherman wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:41 pm
C.S.M. Deshler Whiting, E/0193 San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Royal Rifles of Canada, C.A.S.F.


CSM Whiting Died on Active Service June 4, 1941 while in Canada and is buried at St. Johns Anglican Cemetery, Newfoundland. Cause of death is not known.

Note: Five other Americans died while serving with Royal Rifles of Canada, C.A.S.F.



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Post by Temujin » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:51 am

georgetanksherman wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:41 pm

Private Eugene Adelbert Neale, A/21886 San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.


Private Neale was involved in the attack on Dieppe, France, He was originally reported as Missing in Action, but three days later it was changed to Killed in Action. The exact cause of his death is not known, records stated that he was killed on August 19, 1942 and is buried at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery in France

Note: 9 other Americans died while serving with Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.




His records. He was killed in action at Dieppe.
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Link to short history of Dieppe.......their is a LOT more info on line
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19 AUGUST 1942

After a successful commando raid during March 1942 on the French port of St. Nazaire, Lord Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations for the Allies, planned a more ambitious raid on the English Channel coastal port of Dieppe. This raid was regarded by the Planning Staff as an indispensable preliminary to the full-scale invasion of France. Topographically, Dieppe was a very difficult challenge with a coast of towering, unscaleable, sheer chalk cliffs rising from the water's edge. Adding to these natural defences were the coastal heavy gun batteries and other reinforced defences erected by the Germans during the past two years of occupation. The raid was composed of more than 6,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen, of which around 5,000 were Canadian.

2nd Canadian Infantry Division

The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
South Saskatchewan Regiment
14th Army Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment)
Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
The Royal Regiment of Canada
The Essex Scottish Regiment
elements of The Calgary Highlanders
elements of Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
elements of The Toronto Scottish Regiment
Royal Canadian Engineers
Royal Canadian Artillery
Royal Canadian Navy

Royal Canadian Air Force

No.3 and No.4 Commando, British Army

A Commando, Royal Marines

1st Battalion Rangers, US Army

3 Troop, No.10 Inter-Allied Commando

The Essex Scottish boarded ships at ports at Southampton, Portsmouth and Newhaven, England on the evening of 18 August. At 0300 hours (19 August) all personnel boarded assault landing craft. By 0500 hours, the air attack on Dieppe had become quite heavy and ten minutes later the assault craft received the first fire from shore. At 0525 hours the assault craft touched down on the shingle beach of Dieppe, code-named RED BEACH.

The troops rushed out of the assault craft and up the beach to the first and second barbed wire obstacles. At this time, the enemy began bringing down artillery, heavy mortar and machine gun fire on the beach and esplanade, causing a considerable amount of casualties. By 0545 hours somewhere between 30% and 40% of the Essex Scottish personnel were either killed or wounded.

Sufficient of the Essex Scottish had now reached the seawall to attempt scaling it and attack the pill boxes on the esplanade. Almost all of the troops assaulting the wall in three attempts were killed or badly wounded. Two groups of soldiers led by Company Sergeant-Major Stapleton and Lieutenant Scott managed to cross over the seawall, make their way across the Promenade and reach the buildings of the town but could not relieve the ever-increasing pressure on the remainder of the Regiment at the seawall.

The Essex Scottish were unable to continue organized fighting as by about 0630 hours they had suffered at least 75% casualties. Offensive efforts by the remnants of the Essex Scottish continued for some hours by getting ammunition from the casualties until finally, about 1030 hours, there was practically no ammunition left. Throughout the course of the operation limited support had been available from the air and the sea. Direct fire support was provided by the 14 Canadian Army Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment). Their tanks became bogged down in the shale on the beach but they did provide direct fire support until their ammunition ran out or the tanks were disabled.

Somewhere about 1100 hours, aircraft laid smoke on the waterfront and landing craft came in to evacuate the troops. An effort was made to get those unhurt and the wounded who could be moved into the landing craft but the enemy fire destroyed so many of the craft that very few troops got off the beach.

The Essex Scottish had embarked with 553 officers and soldiers the evening of 18 August. By the evening of 19 August only 51 would return to England, some wounded, leaving the remainder in France, who had been either killed, wounded, were missing or had been taken prisoner.

The very costly lessons-learned during this raid had a large impact on the overwhelming successes of the D-Day landings two years later. Back home the casualty figures from that morning dramatically touched virtually every family in Windsor and Essex County as they lost fathers, sons, brothers, grandsons, cousins, nephews, neighbours, school mates, work mates and friends. This could have been the death knell of the Regiment but it was rebuilt and went on to become a key contributor in the major battles of 1944 and 1945 though Caen, Falais, Dieppe once again, the Scheldt, the Hochwald Forest, Groningen, and into Germany.

http://www.ekscot.org/index/history/dieppe-raid/
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Re: 3 Fallen Warriors from San Antonio, Texas

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George, found this on Pte Neale.......and it has a photo of another American that I though you may use
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