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Attree, Harry John
Sergeant
Army
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Terrace, British Columbia
Died: Dec 2,1944

Commemorated at
Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy

Harry John Attree, born August 6, 1917 at Haywards Heath, Hampshire, England, came to Canada with his family in 1919 and settled in Terrace, British Columbia in 1921. A butcher with Swift Canada at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Attree joined the Royal Canadian Artillery attached to the 102nd Heavy Battery enlisting there September 24, 1939. Attree served with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps attached to The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment (Reserve) (Nemo Me Impune Lacessit) as a Sergeant during the Second World War. Landing in Sicily November 8, 1943, the regiment crossed the Strait of Messina to Italy with the 12th Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division in early January 1944. By early December 1944, the regiment had moved north along the Adriatic coast in northeastern Italy to capture Ravenna under the codename ‘Operation Chuckle’. On December 2, 1944, Sergeant Henry “Harry” John Attree died while advancing near the town of Massa Lombarda and is commemorated at Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Alfred John and Katherine Edith (nee Gabb); half-brother of Kenneth; husband of Doris Ethel (nee Hilder) (formerly Message) Attree; father of Brian Henry John Attree and Anne Marie Bammer; he was 27 years old. Mount Attree near Lakelse Lake in northwestern British Columbia is named in his honour. Citation(s): 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp. "And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave." -Joseph Rodman Drake