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Ferdinand Bacon

In memory of:

Corporal Ferdinand Bacon

December 18, 1943
San Leonardo, Italy

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal 22e Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


March 23, 1915
Clarke City, Quebec


September 15, 1939
Chicoutimi, Quebec

His full name is Joseph Ferdinand Bacon.

Son of Anthime Bacon and Émérentienne Ringuet of Clarke City (now Sept-Îles, Quebec). Brother of Private Antoine Bacon, who also served in the Second World War. He survived the battle.

On 10 July 1943, he landed on the beaches of Sicily around noon with the second assault wave. On 3 September 1943, he landed at Reggio di Calabria (Italy) with Field Marshal Montgomery's British VIIIth Army. He was wounded in action on 8 October 1943 and had to be hospitalised until the 21st. He was killed in action on 18 December 1943 during a patrol east of Cubo, near La Casa Berardi (Italy). He was buried 150 feet (45 m) west of the roadside cross near the big building at San Leonardo (Italy). Exhumed after the war, he was reburied in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery.

Commemorated on Page 133 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

IV. E. 11.


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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