The least I expected when I started researching my grandmother, who lived a quiet life in Lapland in the north of Sweden, was to find out that one of her brothers was killed in action in Italy in May 1944.
The reason Ivar Eskil Lindström ended up in Italy has to do with the Swedish emigration to Canada. In 1927 my grandmother’s parents,and most of her brothers and sisters, left their hard lives for a brighter future on the Canadian prairie.
Off to Cassino
Yesterday Anders, Karin and I booked a trip to Cassino in Italy, the place where my great uncle is buried. Up till our departure in May I will try to find out as much as I can about Ivar Eskil and the Canadian troops in Italy, focusing on the Battle of Monte Cassino/Melfa River Crossing where Ivar Eskils young life ended.
I have got in touch with an Italian woman, dr Danila Bracaglia, who has promised to be our guide in the Monte Cassino area where many events took place during WWII and where Ivar Eskil’s grave is to be found:
thank you for your kind email and I would love to be your guide in Cassino area. I know exactly where the Melfa River crossing area is located and I was there with 13 Canadian Veterans 7 years ago for the 65th anniversary of the battle when also a plaque to remeber the action was put. I would suggest a day tour as we will visit the battlefields area but also the monastery of Monte Cassino, not to be missed with the stunning views and of course the war cemetery. My home town, located about 50 kms from Cassino, on the route where the Canadians fought and we can do all the advance to Frosinone and see the battlefields in the Liri valley where the westeminster regiment was involved in fierce fighting. (more…)