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Gerald Carlyle Bower
Name: Gerald Carlyle Bower Rank: Private Service No.: F/57796 Service: West Nova Scotia Regiment, RCIC Date of Birth: November 13, 1914 Place of Birth: Baccaro, Shelburne Co., NS Date of Enlistment: December 2, 1943 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address at Enlistment: Baccaro, Shelburne Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 28 Trade: Fisherman Marital Status: Married Religion: Methodist Next of Kin: Charles Bower (Father) of Baccaro, Shelburne Co., NS. Date of Death: September 15, 1944 Age at Death: 29 Cemetery: Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy Plot: X. B. 3. Commemorated on page 255 of the Second World War Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 29 Gerald was the son of Charles Harvey (1884-1954) and Lucy Edna (Crowell) Bower (1894-1954), of Baccaro, Shelburne Co., NS. His sister Edna May Brown lived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Gerald’s brother Charles Glenwood Bower (Service No. F/5170) died on January 23, 1944 while serving with the 4th Recce Regiment, 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, RCAC. He married Anna Maria Madden on January 24, 1939. They had two daughters, Donna and Verna. Gerald was a fisherman when he enlisted in Halifax on December 1, 1943. He completed his basic training at Camp 60 in Yarmouth NS from January to March of 1944. He embarked for overseas on June 2, 1944 and for Italy on July 17, 1944. On September 12, 1944, the attack to capture the Coriano Ridge in the Adriatic sector of the Italian Campaign began. The ridge was captured but the losses were heavy. Gerald was killed in action in this battle on September 15, 1944.