Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Floyd Merritt Bowers

In memory of:

Corporal Floyd Merritt Bowers

December 19, 1943

Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

A/71129

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

April 14, 1918
Wallaceburg, Ontario

Enlistment:

May 12, 1942
Niagara Camp, Ontario

Son of Mrs. Eliza (Cooper) and Harry Bowers of Wallaceburg, Ontario. Brother of William Frederick. Husband of Edna Kathleen (nee Cowley) Bowers of Chatham, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 138 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

III. G. 5.

Location:

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of FLOYD MERRITT BOWERS– This picture is of our uncle, whom we never met as he gave his life in Ortona in December 1943.
  • Photo of Floyd Bowers– while in service, somewhere in Italy.  (no further information is provided with the photo)
  • Temporary Grave Marker– Grave site at the Morro River Cemetery, Ortona, Italy.  On the reverse of this photo, it states " This is a temporary wooden Cross, which the Imperial War Graves Commission will replace with a permanent Headstone."  It also indicates the Graves Registration & Inquiries (Records) C.A.F. "G5 RG Pl3"

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