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George Gregor McKay

In memory of:

Private George Gregor McKay

April 2, 1944

Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

H/87806

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

February 17, 1923
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of John Roy and Agnes McKay, of Roland, Manitoba. Brother of Donald, Gordon, Alexander, Jean and Margaret.

Commemorated on Page 387 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VI. E. 10.

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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