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Ronald Christopher Ward

In memory of:

Private Ronald Christopher Ward

October 24, 1943

Military Service

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48th Highlanders of Canada

Additional Information

Commemorated on Page 224 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:

VIII. B. 11.


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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  • Badge– In memory of the members of the 48th Highlanders of Canada who went to war and did not come home. Submitted on behalf of the 48th Highlanders Museum, 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, ON M5J 1W9 Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Ronald C. Ward– Ronald Christopher (Ronnie) Ward was one of three children of Thomas Ward and Mary Agnes,nee Evans.  Mary died in 1925 and Thomas died in 1932.  His siblings were Eric Ward and Nellie Ward. Eric and his wife Flory, who lives in Toronto, had one son, Bryan. Bryan lives in West Hill Ontario.  Nellie married Victor Paul Spinney and they had two sons, Victor Ronald Spinney and Robert Eldon spinney.
Ronnie married Ilene McCraney on May 31, 1941.  Ronnie was a bus driver for Grey Coach Lines before he joined the army while his wife  Ilene was a stenographer.  Ilene is believed to have remarried after Ronnie's death, but we lost track of her many years ago.

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