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John Blair Hunt

In memory of:

Captain John Blair Hunt

December 14, 1943

Military Service


Force:

Army

Unit:

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Husband of Barbara Campbell Hunt, of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 172 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IX. D. 9.

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.

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  • Entrance– Entrance - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Moro River Canadian War Cemetery– May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source: City of London Books WW2 online since 2005.
  • Memorial Doll– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2502 Capt John Blair Hunt (RMC 1936) was a graduate of Central Collegiate and was a member of the Canadian Officers Training Corps at the University of Western Ontario. He was the husband of Barbara Campbell Hunt, of London, Ontario. He served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. He was killed in action at San Leonard on December 14, 1943. He was buried in IX. D. 9. the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, San Donato, Ortona, Italy.
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2502 Capt John Blair Hunt (RMC 1936) was a graduate of Central Collegiate and was a member of the Canadian Officers Training Corps at the University of Western Ontario. He was the husband of Barbara Campbell Hunt, of London, Ontario. He served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. He was killed in action at San Leonard on December 14, 1943. He was buried in IX. D. 9. the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, San Donato, Ortona, Italy.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

2502 Capt John Blair Hunt (RMC 1936) was a graduate of Central Collegiate and was a member of the Canadian Officers Training Corps at the University of Western Ontario. He was the husband of Barbara Campbell Hunt, of London, Ontario. He served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. He was killed in action at San Leonard on December 14, 1943. He was buried in IX. D. 9. the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, San Donato, Ortona, Italy.

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