Private AMBROSE SANTA (photo added)

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Rank Private
Forenames AMBROSE
Surname SANTA (photo added)
Initials A
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Thursday, 20 March 1919
Date of Death Saturday, 08 July 1944
Age 25
Nationality Canadian
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.

Additional Information

 

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.

 

 

References
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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What other people have said

United kingdom

Alan Taylor

R,I,P, Sir Your Sacrifice Is Not Forgotten. Will Stop By In June For A Chat

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Margaret Rose Gaunt

Rest in peace young man ... your sacrifice is not forgotten.

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Puçol

Juan Muñoz Gomez

RESPECT AND HONOR.RIP

On Friday, January 10, 2014