Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Leslie Mahlon Yates

In memory of
Leslie Mahlon Yates
December 7, 1943

Military Service:

Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information:

August 11, 1919 Bassano, Alberta
September 27, 1941 Ottawa, Ontario

Commemorated on Page 228 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
X. C. 8.
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
  • Cemetery – Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker – Grave marker - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Leslie Mahlon Yates – Leslie Mahlon Yates born Aug. 11, 1919, Leslie was promoted to Captain in 1942 under the Brockville Rifles. He was a member of reserve unit of Brockville Rifles. At that time he was recommended for a commission and graduated from the  Officers Training Centre in Brockville following his graduation from Camp Borden he was attached to the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. When the Brockville Rifles mobilized he transferred to his home unit and was stationed on the west coast for several months Nanaimo and Prince George B.C.  Early in 1942 he volunteered for overseas duty and joined a reinforcement unit and arrived in England in Feb. 1943 and was posted to Hasting and Prince Edward Regement of Picton, Ontario.  It was with that unit he went to Sicily.  He was wounded Dec. 6, 1943 and died Dec. 7, 1943

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