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Alex Sunday Soldo
Pte. Alex Sunday Soldo lost his life in the heart of the Falaise Gap in France on August 12, 1944. It was a bitter battle and as one of the 1st Battalion, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Pte. Soldo distinguished himself for his gallantry. He now sleeps in that battlefield. Born here on November 1, 1922, he was the son of Mr. Michael Soldo, 139 Marlboro St., well-known fruit merchant. Mr. Soldo came to Brantford in 1901 and his pleasing personality soon won him a place in this community. An indication of that esteem and affection was seen when double tragedy came to him. On the day he received the news of the death of Pte. Soldo, his wife passed away in the Brantford General Hospital. Tributes and messages of sympathy came to him not only from this city but from all parts of the Dominion, the United States and even abroad. It was a spontaneous outpouring of respect. Pte. Soldo as a boy attended St. Basil's School and later the Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. He was a member of St. Basil's Church. Upon graduation from school, shortly after his 18th birthday, he enlisted, early in 1940, in the First Battalion, Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles. He was moved overseas in September, 1943, and while training in England became interested in developing his skill as a boxer, a sport he took up seriously following his enlistment. He became so competent in the manly art that he won a camp championship and was congratulated on the feat by his commanding officer.