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Donald William Merson

In memory of:

Private Donald William Merson

December 20, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/118594

Age:

31

Force:

Army

Unit:

Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of William and Rose Poole Merson, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of Frances Arnold Merson.

Commemorated on Page 393 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IV, C, 7.

Location:

Villanova lies in the Commune of Bagnacavallo in the Province of Ravenna, and is typical of the agricultural villages of the low lying Romagna plain. Take Highway A14, Bologna-Taranto, and branch off at Imola following the direction of Ravenna. Villanova is 3 kilometres south-west of the main road from Ferrara to Ravenna (Route No.16) at Via Chiesa. If approaching from Ferrara, leave the main road by turning right on the outskirts of the village of Mezzano. If approaching from Ravenna, the visitor should turn left immediately after crossing the bridge over the River Lamone. Proceeding south-west from Mezzano the road runs parallel to the River Lamone until reaching Villanova. The visitor should bear right across the village square and leave it at the far corner by the road leading to the Villanova Canadian War Cemetery. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited outside the working hours of the local gardening staff, but will be unmanned.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Donald William Merson– Private Merson was in The Queen's Own Rifles Band during the 1930s and at the beginning of the Second World War. He went active in 1943 and was transferred to the Perth Regiment of the 5th Division.

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