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Kenneth Ashley Symes
Kenneth Ashley Symes Private F/35850 Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C May 27, 1924 Minudie, Cumberland Co., NS May 6, 1943 Halifax, N 18 5 feet, 6 inches medium brown brown Single Farming United Church of Canada January 3, 1945 20 Villanova Canadian War Cemetery II, C, 7. Commemorated on page 568 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 27 Kenneth Symes was the youngest son of Henry and Alice Symes of Minudie, Cumberland Co., NS. He left school at age seventeen, completing grade nine, and worked on the farm wit his father. He was slim in build, had an engaging personality, was friendly, and willing to do what he could for the war effort. He completed his basic training at #60 CABTC Yarmouth, NS and advanced training at Aldershot between May and September of 1943. He went overseas disembarking in the UK on February 24, 1944 He departed the UK on March 25, 1944 for service in Italy and was assigned to the Cape Breton Highlanders on May 29, 1944. He was wounded on September 15, 1944 with a blast wound to the right eye and mutiple flesh wounds and was admitted to No 15 Canadian General Hospital. He was discharged on October 3, 1944 and returned to the field. He was killed in action on January 3, 1945