Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Robert Henry Barter

In memory of
Robert Henry Barter
January 28, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information:

Son of Robert Angus Barter and Elizabeth Lillian Barter. Husband of Effie Doreen Barter, of Montreal, QC.

Commemorated on Page 244 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
I. H. 6.
By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona. 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 lies in the locality of San Donato in the Commune of Ortona, Province of Chieti, and is sited on high ground near the sea just east of the main Adriatic coast road (SS16). The cemetery 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. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Robert Henry Barter – Bobby was from Grand Cascapedia, Quebec in the Gaspe Peninsula.  He was the son of a WWI veteran and his uncle Harold Barter was killed at Vimy Ridge in WWI.  Bobby along with two sisters and two brothers also served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII.  Bobby fought in the Italian Campaign and survived the Battle of Ortona in December 1943.  He was killed a month later in the village of San Nicola, Italy on the outskirts of Ortona.  He left a wife and two young children, one he had never met.  He was only twenty years old.
  • Photo of Robert Henry Barter – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Biography – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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