Name:Alfred John Amero Service Number: F/39934 Rank: Sergeant Service: West Nova Scotia Regiment Date of Birth: April 24, 1914 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: November 30, 1939 Place of Enlistment: Bridgewater, NS Address at Enlistment: Digby, NS Age at Enlistment: 25 Height: 5 feet, 5 inches Complexion: Medium Eyes: Hazel Gray Hair: Black Weight: 130 lbs Trade: Baker Marital Status: Single (at enlistment) Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mrs. Sadie Amero (Mother) Digby, NS (at enlistment) Mrs. Bridget Amero (Wife) Leatherhead, Surrey, England (July 22, 1941) Date of Death: December 2, 1944 Age at Death: 30 Award: Military Medal (Awarded March 6, 1944) Cemetery: Ravenna War Cemetery Grave Reference: V. E. 16 Commemorated on Page 236 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 19 (Not listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Joseph Alfred Amero was the son of Dennis and Sadie Amero, Digby, Nova Scotia, and brother of John Dennis, Joseph Isaac, Joseph William, Elizabeth (living in St. John), Marie, and Margaret. Alfred was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and attended school there completing grade eight. He did general labour work for the years prior to his enlistment, at that time living in Digby. He completed basic training in Bridgewater and advanced training at Aldershot, NS before proceeding overseas with the West Nova Scotia Regiment, arriving in England January 1, 1940. Training continued in England and during this time he was granted permission and married Bridget in January, 1941. He embarked for Sicily and Italy on August 15, 1943, disembarking August 27, 1943. He was awarded the Military Medal on March 6, 1944 and promoted to the rank of Corporal on March 21, 1944 and Sergeant in October 1944. He was killed in action while serving in Italy, December 2, 1944.Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves CommissionVeterans Affairs Canada
Alfred John Amero
Military Medal CitationAwarded March 6, 1944During the attack on enemy positions near Casino Belardi (MR 316131) on 18 Dec 43 F39934 A/L/Cpl Alfred John Amero was second-in-command of a rifle section. When his platoon commander was wounded and his platoon sergeant killed, he played an invaluable part in keeping his platoon organized.In the engagement two of his section were badly wounded and later were observed lying on exposed ground which was under heavy fire from artillery and machine guns. L/Cpl Amero led a small party of men over this exposed and bullet swept ground, rescued the wounded and brought them back to the platoon position.In this action he displayed outstanding powers of leadership, and by his gallantry and devotion to duty he saved two of his comrades from possible death.