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Richard Hutton

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Richard Hutton

December 29, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

M/27053

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C.

Division:

14th Armd. Regt.

Additional Information


Born:

August 8, 1921
Macleod, Alberta

Enlistment:

February 25, 1941
Macleod, Alberta

Son of David and Elizabeth Hutton of Macleod, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 173 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

X. D. 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.

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  • Entrance– Entrance - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper Clipping– Macleod Soldier Is Wounded

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(From Our Own Correspondent.)
MACLEOD, Jan. 12-Telegraphic word was received on Tuesday by Mrs. David Hutton of Macleod advising her of the fact that her son Lance Corp. Dick Hutton, above, had recently been wounded in action in Italy. The wire stated that further word would be sent later.
 "Dick" raised and educated in Macleod, went overseas as a member of the 14th Calgary Army Tank Regiment just before Christmas in 1943.
 His father David Hutton passed away a few months ago at his home here [Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada] during the absence of both sons overseas.  Tpr. "Bill" Hutton, a brother to the wounded soldier, went overseas in 1941 with an armoured division from Calgary.

Source: The Lethbridge Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) Jan 12, 1944 edition of the newspaper
  • Obituary– Obituary - RICHARD HUTTON

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