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Merle Bernard Davis

In memory of:

Corporal Merle Bernard Davis

January 24, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

M/15606

Force:

Army

Unit:

4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, R.C.A.C.

Division:

4th Recce. Regt.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 287 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VII. B. 11.

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

  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Merle Bernard Davis– Additional Information courtesy of Annemarie Bruseker:
Corporal Merle Bernard Davis, 23, was killed January 24.  Word was received by his brother, Irven, of Aircraft Repair.  The soldier went overseas with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in 1939 and took part in the Sicilian and Italian invasions.  Also surviving are his wife and child in England; two other brothers, Minor Davis and Kenneth of California, and a sister Mrs. Hazel Bellamy of Vancouver.
  • Fortyniner magazine– From the Loyal Edmonton Regimental magazine the Fortyniner.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of MERLE BERNARD DAVIS– From the Loyal Edmonton Regimental magazine the Fortyniner.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of MERLE BERNARD DAVIS– From the Loyal Edmonton Regimental magazine the Fortyniner.  Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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