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Clifford Samuel Pollock

In memory of:

Sergeant Clifford Samuel Pollock

December 31, 1943

Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

G/43048

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, Défense Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, Mentioned in Despatch

Additional Information


Born:

April 29, 1921
Norton, New Brunswick

Enlistment:

September 4, 1939
Saint John, New Brunswick

Son of Thomas Samuel Pollock and Ethel Ada Sherwood of Norton, New Brunswick.

Brother of Rifleman Frederick William Pollock, who died while serving with the Royal Rifles of Canada and Lawson L. Pollock, who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and survived the war.

Clifford enlisted with the 14th Canadian Field Ambulance, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and deployed to the Carleton and York Regiment in 1939. He served in New Brunswick, England, Sicily in 1943, and in Italy where he was first buried on the main road between Ortona and Pascard. He had 1,574 days of service, including 1,483 overseas.

Commemorated on Page 204 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

V.C. 12.

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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