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Edward James Kilcup

In memory of:

Private Edward James Kilcup

October 11, 1943


Military Service

Service Number:







West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C.


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

Additional Information


February 4, 1920
Windsor, Nova Scotia


November 6, 1939
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Son of Percy and Emily Kilcup of Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Husband of Donzella B. Kilcup, of Berwick, King's Co., Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 177 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

III. D. 16.


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 Edward James Kilcup– Ted Kilcup
  • Group Photo– Bill Graham, Ted Kilcup, unknown (L to R)
  • Group Photo– Ted Kilcup and his fellow soldiers
  • Newspaper clipping– Our Boys in Uniform article
  • Post Card– February 1940 postcard from England to grandmother.
  • Post Card– February 1940 postcard from England to grandmother.
  • Newspaper clipping– Windsor Man Meets Death - October 22,1940 article
  • Newspaper clipping– Local Man Makes Supreme Sacrifice article October 1943
  • Grave marker– Temporary Grave Marker, Italy
  • Moro River Canadian War Cemetery
  • Grave Marker– Edward James Kilcup - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy

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