Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ben-Zion Bert Shanas

In memory of
Private
Ben-Zion Bert Shanas
December 7, 1943

Military Service:

Service Number:
H/16497
Force:
Army
Unit:
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information:

Son of Isaac Jacob and Dorothy Shanas, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 212 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:
IX. F. 7.
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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  • Entrance – Entrance - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
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  • Grave Marker – Grave marker - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
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  • Photo of Ben-Zion Shanas – Ben-Zion Shanas is honoured on page 66 of the memorial book,
CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties,
compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948.  
This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume.  For additional information about these archival records, please contact:
The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives 
1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2 
facsimile:  514-931-0548 
website:     www.cjc.ca

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