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Alvin Maxmillian Bunnage

In memory of:

Sergeant Alvin Maxmillian Bunnage

February 13, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

M/31152

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Italy Star, War Medal 1939-1945 and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


Son of William and Fredericka Bunnage. Husband of Fay Tolman Bunnage of Cardston, Alberta. Father of Barry Gail and Everett Blaine. Brother of Mrs. Evelyne Mary Doreen Leavitt, Mrs. Joyce Lorraine Shipley and Mr. Meryle Allan Bunnage of Glenwood, Alberta and Mr. Francis Bunnage, Mr. Gerald William Bunnage and Miss Wilma Arlene Bunnage of Hill Spring, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 262 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

II. G. 2.

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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  • Group Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Service Book– The Service Book was carried by all Canadian Soldiers. This book belonged to Sgt. Bunnage and was repatriated to Canada in December 2000.
  • Pay Book– A Canadian Soldier's World War 2 paybook, belonging to Sgt. Bunnage.  Repatriated to Canada in December 2000.
  • Clothing book– The Clothing and Equipment Book was carried by all Canadian Soldiers in thier Service Book. This belonged to Sgt. Bunnage and was repatriated to Canada in December 2000.
  • ID Tags– Identification Tags (ID) were commonly called dog tags, and all Canadian Soldiers wore them. These tags belonged to Sgt. Bunnage and were repatriated to Canada in December 2000.
  • Photo 1– This photo was carried by Sgt. Bunnage in his paybook.
  • Photo 2– This photo was carried by Sgt. Bunnage in his paybook.
  • Photo 3– This photo was carried by Sgt. Bunnage in his paybook.
  • Photo 4– This photo was carried by Sgt. Bunnage in his paybook.
  • Photo 5– This photo was carried by Sgt. Bunnage in his paybook.
  • Letter sent to Mrs. Bunnage– This letter was sent to Mrs. Bunnage from Lieutenant V. C. Moore of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada regiment on March 5, 1945.
  • Page 2 of letter to Mrs. Bunnage
  • Page 3 of letter to Mrs. Bunnage
  • Last page of letter to Mrs. Bunnage
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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