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Robert Archibald MacDougall

In memory of:

Major Robert Archibald MacDougall

January 17, 1944

Military Service






Perth Regiment, R.C.I.C.


39-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp.

Additional Information

Son of Duncan and Flora MacDougall of Tiverton, Ontario; husband of Helen M. MacDougall (nee Porter), of Westport, Ontario. B.A. (Queen's University).

Commemorated on Page 372 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

X. H. 7.


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
  • Biography– Portrait of Major Robert Archibald MacDougall Perth Regt
  • Service Book– The Service Book was carried by all Canadian Soldiers. This book belonged to Major MacDougall and was repatriated to Canada in December 2000.
  • Equipment Book– The Clothing and Equipment Book was carried by all Canadian Soldiers in thier Service Book. This one belonged to  and was repatriated to Canada in December 2000.

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