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Thomas Cullen Brown Vance

In memory of:

Major Thomas Cullen Brown Vance

December 24, 1943

Military Service


Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Additional Information


Son of John Fleming Cullen Brown Vance and Ethel Jane Vance, of Vancouver, British Columbia; husband of Patricia Kathleen Vance, of Calgary, Alberta. B.A., Barrister and Solicitor.

Commemorated on Page 222 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:

III. C. 14.

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

  • Photo of THOMAS CULLEN BROWN VANCE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Circumstances of death– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Stained Glass Window– Photo Credit: Julie Clements 

A stained glass window in the Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC is a memorial to Major T. C. B. Vance who died in the Second World War. Major Vance was killed in action in Ortona, Italy on Christmas Eve 1943. The crest at the top of the window is of the Vancouver Regiment, The Seaforth Highlanders, whose motto is: "Cuidi Ch'n Righ" in Gaelic: Help the King.

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CUIDI CH'N RICH

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAJOR T.C.B. VANCE,
KILLED IN ACTION IN ORTONA, ITALY, CHRISTMAS EVE. 1943
"LIGHTEN OUR DARKNESS, WE BESEECH THEE"
  • Photo of Thomas Vance– In memory of the students from the University of British Columbia who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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