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Oliver Joseph Frigon

In memory of:

Gunner Oliver Joseph Frigon

December 4, 1943

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Artillery


1st Canadian Division


1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, War Medal 1939-45.

Additional Information


September 12, 1920
Hoey, Saskatchewan


June 13, 1941
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Son of Rolland Frigon of St. Louis, Saskatchewan. Brother of Jean Paul and Ivanhoe. Stating he was single and employed as a labourer. He served in Canada from 13 June 1941 to 23 March 1943, in the United Kingdom from 24 March 1943 to 27 June 1943 and Italy from 28 June 1943 to his death. The Province of Saskatchewan has commemorated Gunner Frigon by naming a Lake in his honour. He is also commemorated on a honour roll at Weirdale, Sastchewan, northeast of Prince Albert as Oliver Fregon.

Commemorated on Page 161 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:

Plot 5.Row D. Grave 14.


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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