Mount Kimmel

British Columbia. Mount
Headwaters of Kimmel Creek
52°38’00” N 119°25’00” W — Map 83D/11 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1961
Official in BCCanada
Richard, Gordon, and Clifford Kimmel

Richard, Gordon, and Clifford Kimmel

The Kimmel brothers Richard (1914–44), Gordon (1916–44), and Clifford (1919-44) were killed serving in the Canadian Army during World War II. They were from Albreda.

Their father Harry Kimmel (1886–1972) left Illinois to settle in Canada in 1917. His wife Sylvia (ca. 1886–1961) and four Illinois-born children joined him in Edmonton the next year. Hearing of work at Swift Creek, Harry went there in 1918 and worked at Kennedy’s sawmill. He moved the family into a tiny house the next year, where Clifford, the sixth of twelve children, was born. In 1922 the family moved to a homestead at Albreda, where Harry worked on the coal deck that fueled the steam locomotives. Sylvia Kimmel was described as “the spirit of the pioneer, the kingpin of her family and jack of all trades and indeed master of most of them.” In 1961, the year she died, Sylvia represented Canadian mothers at the Remembrance Day services at Ottawa.

Richard, Gordon, and Clifford had a brother Harry Leonard Kimmel of Grand Forks, British Columbia.

Canadian Army L Sergeant Richard Kenneth Kimmel, K92118, killed in action 18 June 1944 during the Normandy landings. Buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Canadian Army Rifleman Gordon Leroy Kimmel, K53748, killed in action 8 June 1944 during the Normany landiongs. Buried at Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Canadian Army Corporal Clifford Howard Kimmel, K92117, killed in action 5 December 1944 during the Battle of Moro. Buried at Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy.

References:

  • Robson Valley Courier. Weekly newspaper published by Pyramid Press of Jasper from 1968–88 (1968–1988).
  • Canoe Mountain Echo. Weekly newspaper published at Valemount by Pyramid Press of Jasper. Last issue, June 1988.. 1988
  • Valemount Historic Society. Yellowhead Pass and its People. Valemount, B.C.: 1984

1 thought on “Mount Kimmel

  1. Jim Burton

    The description incorrectly describes that Clifford Kimmel died in Normandy, when he in fact died just before the Battle of Moro, and he is buried in Ravenna, Italy.

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