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James Mcbeth Murray

In memory of:

Private James Mcbeth Murray

December 9, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

A/59757

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Son of Stewart W. and Jessie Murray, of Drumbo, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 197 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IV. C. 13.

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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  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Monument– A shaft with statue (granite and bronze) at 32 Wilmot Street South, Drumbo, ON. 
Erected by the Village of Drumbo, this memorial was unveiled in 1920 and dedicated in loving memory of local fallen heroes.
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[front/devant]

ARTHUR G. COWAN
FERGUSON COOK
A. JAMES GIBSON
ROBERT A. GIVEN
J. CHRYSLER KILGOUR
FRANCIS A. LAW
FREDERICK LODGE
ROBERT M. McTAGUE
WILLIAM R. WILSON

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES 1914 - 1918

[side/côté]

IN LOVING MEORY OF
ALFRED E. CLAYTON
J. McBETH MURRAY
BENTLEY ROBSON
CHARLES H. WALLACE
1939 - 1945
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN."
Photo Credit: Allison Nelson; Derek Pullen 
http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/nic-inm/sm-rm/mdsr-rdr-eng.asp?PID=592

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