Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

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Moro River Canadian War Cemetery
Cemetery Moro River.jpg
Country: Italy
Location: Ortona
Coordinates: 42°20′13″N 14°24′59″E / 42.33694, 14.41639
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of gravesites: 1615
Website: Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery is a cemetery containing predominantly Canadian soldiers killed during the fighting at Moro River and Ortona, and during the weeks that preceded and followed it, during the Second World War.


In January 1944 the Canadian Corps selected this site, intending that it would contain the graves of those who died during the Ortona battle and in the fighting in the weeks before and after it. Today, there are 1,615 graves in the cemetery, of which over 50 are unidentified and 1,375 are Canadian.


The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery is located on high ground near the Adriatic Sea at San Donato, in the Commune of Ortona (about 5 kilometres south of the town) and the Province of Chieti. The cemetery is just east of the main Adriatic coast road (SS16) and can be reached from Rome on the autostrada A25 (Rome-Pescara) by branching on the autostrada A14 and leaving it at Ortona. The approach road to the cemetery from the main road passes under an arch forming part of the little church of San Donato.

"We Rest Here"

The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are buried here.

Headstone Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
Elliott, Garnet Russell grave marker.jpg
C28635 Cpl GR Elliott X. B. 12.
Fry, Lloyd Reid grave marker.jpg
C3110 Cpl LR Fry VIII. H. 8.
Griffin, Leslie grave marker.jpg
B33232 Sigmn L Griffin II. D. 5.
Jones, Radin Lester grave marker.jpg
K45545 Sigmn RL Jones XI. C. 1.
Pain, Raymond James grave marker.jpg
A2258 Sigmn RJ Pain II. F. 8.
Pattison, John Douglas grave marker.jpg
C3065 Sigmn JD Pattison V. F. 14.
Quakenbush, Francis Leo Edward Anthony grave marker.jpg
K35475 Sigmn FLEA Quakenbush IV. C. 4.
Sawchuck, Michael grave marker.jpg
D21342 Sigmn M Sawchuck VI. D. 2.
Thompson, James Hobbs grave marker.jpg
H20754 Cpl JH Thompson II. D. 12.
Vineham, Norman Phillip grave marker.jpg
B32749 Sigmn NP Vineham VI. A. 4.

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