A Canadian Casualty Group for the Attack at Liri Valley 1944
1939-1945 Star; Italy Star; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945. Un-mounted, un-named, original ribbons, in their cardboard boxes of issue (some damaged) and his Birks Memorial Bar (sterling silver, officially engraved (PTE. R.M. NYVOLL / L. EDMN. R. / DIED IN HIS COUNTRY'S SERVICE / 24 MAY 1944), 14.5 mm x 67 mm, on its original card folder with envelope). Extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Card, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Official Canadian Army Overseas Casualty Notification, Awards Card, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: Rasmus Matheas Nyvoll was born on August 2, 1909 in Aalfot, Nordfjord, Norway, the son of Olai Nyvoll and Anna Nyvoll. Not only was he a native of Norway, he could converse, read and write in Norwegian, as well as in English and later immigrated to Canada. He was a resident of Ucluelet, British Columbia when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (K68860) on October 1, 1942 at Central Station No. XI Recruiting Detachment, No. 11 District Depot, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 33, naming his next-of-kin as his friend, Mr. Frank Arnfinsen of Port Albion, British Columbia, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Single, that his religion was Lutheran and that his trade as that of Hard Rock Miner. Two weeks later, he was posted to No. 110 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre at Vernon, British Columbia, on October 15th. Nyvoll was admitted to Vernon Military Hospital on three occasions in late 1942 and early 1943 (October 27th - November 2nd, 1942; November 7th to December 12th, 1942; January 27th to February 4th, 1943), although his records do not indicate as to why. A week after his third stint in hospital, he was transferred to A-16 Canadian Infantry Training Centre in Calgary, Alberta on February 10, 1943. After two months training, he was struck off strength of A-16 CITC on proceeding for Special Duty overseas on May 9th. Nyvoll departed Canada for overseas service on May 14, 1943, arriving in the United Kingdom on May 22nd and was taken on strength of No. 1 Canadian Infantry Reinforcement Unit the following day. One month after arriving in the United Kingdom, he was taken on strength of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, on July 22, 1943, in preparation for service with the Regiment in Italy. He disembarked the United Kingdom for the Mediterranean theatre on August 16th, arriving there on the 27th. Nyvoll was hospitalized again, as he was admitted to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on December 8, 1943, then transferred to No. 216 Field Ambulance and placed on the X3 List upon being admitted "sick" to hospital as of December 9, 1943. He was transferred to No. 18 Casualty Clearing Station on December 17th but after three weeks, and now into the new year, he was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Dressing Station on January 4, 1944 for another sixteen days treatment, before being discharged on the 20th. Again, none of the records indicate as to why he was hospitalized, other than the fact that he was "sick". After his discharge from No. 3 Canadian Field Dressing Station, he was posted to the X4 List (2nd Battalion) on January 21, 1944 and returned to the 4th Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment on February 16, 1944. He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp on April 14, 1944. Private Nyvoll, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment was with the Allied force that moved northward into Central Italy, where it encountered the formidable German defence network known as the "Hitler Line". The commander of the British 8th Army, General Sir Oliver Leese, chose Lieutenant-General E.L.M. Burns and his 1st Canadian Corps to lead the assault on the Hitler Line. The corps consisted of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 5th Canadian Armoured Division. On May 23, 1944, the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division had broken through the defences near the town of Pontecorvo. Private Nyvoll, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps was wounded on May 23, 1944 and died from his wounds the following day, May 24, 1944, at the age of 34. The day he died, the search for the dead and wounded began, as bodies of thirty-seven The Loyal Edmonton Regiment soldiers were picked up. Later that day, the 1st Canadian Division pushed northward, supported by the 5th Canadian Armoured Division. After crossing the Melfa River on May 24th, the 1st Canadian Corps pursued the retreating German forces northward. The campaign ended a week after Nyvoll died, as The Loyal Edmonton Regiment occupied the Italian town of Frosinone on May 31st. He is buried in Minturno War Cemetery, three kilometres S.E. of Minturno, Italy and about 78 kilometres from Naples, Grave Reference: Plot IV. Row K. Grave 5. and is commemorated on page 406 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. For his Second World War service, he was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. His Canadian Message was despatched on June 22, 1944 and his burial report was sent to his next-of-kin, his friend, Mr. Frank Arnfinsen, on July 28, 1945.