|Surname||SANTA (photo added)|
|Place of Birth||Unknown|
|Date of Birth||Thursday, 20 March 1919|
|Date of Death||Saturday, 08 July 1944|
|Residence or Entered Service From||STRATFORD, ONTARIO, CANADA|
|Service Number||A/37860||Force||Canadian Army|
|Service/Corps/Regiment||Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Canadian Infantry Corps|
|Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron||2 Battalion, Highland Light Infantry of Canada|
|Military Honours and Awards|
|Place of Burial/Commemoration||
BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, REVIERS
Roll of honour
|Grave/Memorial Location||X. B. 3.|
|Previous Place(s) of Burial||Unknown|
|Epitaph||IN MEMORY OF MY BELOVED HUSBAND ALWAYS REMEMBERED BY JEAN AND BABY ROSINA|
|Family Details||SON OF STEPHEN AND ENCIE SANTA; HUSBAND OF JEAN SANTA, OF GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM.|
Private AMBROSE SANTA entered service from Stratford, Ontario, Canada,
on the 9th November, 1940.
He was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, on the 20th March 1919, to Hungarian/Austrian Immigrants. However, his father died in the great influenza epidemic of 1919, just before he was born.
His wife, Jane 'Jean' Williamson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. They had a daughter Rosina, but Private AMBROSE SANTA only saw her once before he was killed in Normandy, France. His daughter was only 3½ months old at that time.1
Photograph taken in the barracks for 2 Battalion,
Highland Light Infantry of Canada, in Scotland.
Private AMBROSE SANTA is standing on the far left of the photograph,
wearing his Tam O'Shanter.
An Article in the Drayton, Ontario newspaper (circa 1960s) reporting
that the Canadian Government were naming a lake in honour of Private AMBROSE SANTA
Santa Lake, Seguin, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada.
Named in Honour of Private AMBROSE SANTA.
(Google Earth coordinates 45.393707,-79.841428)2
Letter to Private AMBROSE SANTA's widow, dated 14th February 1946,
with information about his final resting place.
Letter From Veterans Affairs showing Private AMBROSE SANTA's medal entitlement.
|1.||All documents and photographs, unless otherwise stated, have been kindly provided by Rosina MacDonald, nee Santa, daughter of Private Ambrose Santa.|
|2.||Image courtesy of Google Earth.|
Acknowledgements and Credits
|Source of original data:||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Headstone photograph:||Carl Shilleto|
|Cross marker photograph:|
|Individual photograph:||Rosina MacDonald, nee Santa, daughter of Private Ambrose Santa.|
|Additional photographs provided by:||Rosina MacDonald, nee Santa, daughter of Private Ambrose Santa, Google Earth.|
|Additional information provided by:||Rosina MacDonald, nee Santa, daughter of Private Ambrose Santa.|
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