Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Rich

In memory of
Private
George Rich
December 22, 1943
Italy

Military Service:

Service Number:
M/31460
Age:
27
Force:
Army
Unit:
Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information:

Born:
September 26, 1916 Carbondale, Alberta
Enlistment:
May 5, 1941 Edmonton, Alberta

Son of Charles and Pearl Rich (1968 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Vancouver, British Columbia.

His brother William Rich served with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and was killed in action in Italy on November 2, 1943.

His sister Mary Rech died on July 24, 1944 while serving with the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service.

Commemorated on Page 207 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
MORO RIVER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY , Italy
Grave Reference:
VIII. C. 2.
Location:
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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