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Charles Otis Parker

In memory of:

Private Charles Otis Parker

February 12, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


April 21, 1918
Wilmot, Nova Scotia


October 13, 1939
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Son of Rupert and Etta Parker of South Williamston, Nova Scotia. Husband of Mildred Parker of Kingston, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 411 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:

IX. G. 7.


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 Charles Otis Parker– Charlie Parker was born on April 21, 1919, at home on Alpeno Road (now 
known as West Nictaux, near Middleton, N.S.).  He spent most of his 
boyhood on the family farm with his parents, Rubert G. Parker and Etta 
May Parker, two brothers and two sisters.  He was a very musical 
fellow, who loved playing his banjo, guitar, mouth organ and singing.  
He also loved dancing and sports (baseball and boxing).  Charlie 
married Mildred Smith in 1938 in Middleton.  Together they had a 
daughter, Etta (aged 1 1/2 when he left for war) and a son, Ralph (aged 
4 months when he went overseas).  He is still sadly missed by his 
  • Photo 2 of Charles Otis Parker– Charles Otis Parker Age 21 Years with daughter, Etta.
  • Photo 3 of Charles Otis Parker– Very musical
  • Charles and Friends– Charles with buddies Alvin Wagner, Annapolis Valley, N.S. and Carl Bowlby, Middleton, N.S..
  • Photo 4 of Charles Otis Parker– Charlie age 16 years, on fried's bike (note: wooden wheels, no tires).  Bicycle is now in the Middleton, N.S. museum.
  • Gravemarker
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Letter (August 22, 1943)
  • Letter (Reverse - August 22, 1943)– Lettre revers(le 22 août 1943)
  • Transcripton of Letter (August 22, 1943)
  • Envelope (August 22, 1943)
  • Letter (October 3, 1943)
  • Transcripton of Letter (October 3, 1943)
  • Letter (December 10, 1943)
  • Letter Reverse (December 10, 1943)
  • Transcription of Letter (December 10, 1943)
  • Last Letter (January 3, 1944)
  • Reverse of Last Letter (January 3, 1944)
  • Transcription of Last letter

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