Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Terence Webb McCarthy

In memory of:

Corporal William Terence Webb McCarthy

January 6, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/73185

Age:

45

Force:

Army

Unit:

48th Highlanders of Canada

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

June 16, 1898
Chefoo, China

Son of Frank and Elizabeth McCarthy; husband of Lucy Sybil McCarthy, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 382 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

V. H. 1.

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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  • Grave Marker– B73185 Corporal WTW (Tim) McCarthy 48th Highlanders of Canada, Scouts and Snipers Platoon, KIA 6 January 1944 by enemy shellfire in the basement of a brick home in small Village San Tommaso, east of Ortona
  • Attestation papers– Military Medal WW1 Passchendaele; KIA Ortona Italy 1944 WW2. Married
Lady Lucy Sybil Hobart-Hampden.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Headstone of William T. W. Webb

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