Spr Vincent A McGee, 4th Fd Coy

Spr Vincent Mcgee, Ancona Cemetery, Italy

Vincent A McGee was born to Mr and Mrs George McGee in Sydney Mines, NS. He was working as a bricklayer/miner in Sydney when he enlisted on 11 June 1941.

He was initially assigned to the Infantry and trained and qualified as a truck driver and a carrier driver. He arrived in the UK on 10 March 1942 and was posted to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders in September. In  May 1943, he was transferred to the Carleton & York Regiment.  Private McGee took part in the invasion of Sicily on 10 July and on 23 August he was posted to the Royal Canadian Engineers.  He was assigned to the 4th Field Company.

Sapper McGee would have seen action from Sicily, the Italian Boot, Ortona, the Hitler Line, and the Gothic Line where he was badly injured in a serious vehicle accident on 29 August as his company was supporting the assault over the Foglia River. 

Sapper Vincent Henry,  the husband of Mary and father of George, Mary, Vince and Patricia, died of his injuries later that day in Number 1 Canadian General Hospital. He is buried in the Ancona Commonwealth Cemetery.

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