Canadian Virtual War Memorial
James Herbert McKittrick
In memory of
James Herbert McKittrick
December 7, 1943
Villa Roatti, Italy
- Service Number:
- Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
- 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.
- April 4, 1906 Aylmer, Québec
- May 21, 1942 Ottawa, Ontario
Son of John and Mary E. McKittrick, of Carleton Place, Ontario. Brother of Mildred, Kathleen and Agnes of Weston, Ontario. The McKittrick family set a record for enlistments in the Second World War with six of their seven sons donning the nation's uniform. Corporal Wallace D. McKittrick was in the 1st Army Tank AWS RCOC; Trooper Edward R. McKittrick was in 'A' Squadron, 11th Army Tank Battalion, Sergeant Roy N. Mc Kittrick served in the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG); Corporal John (Harry) McKittrick in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC); and LAC Kenneth (Bob) McKittrick served in the RCAF. Stanley, the seventh and youngest brother lived and worked in Toronto. Defying all the odds, the family only lost James.
- MORO RIVER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY , Italy
- Grave Reference:
- XI. A. 5.
- 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.
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