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Terence Graham Newcomen Watts

In memory of:

Sergeant Terence Graham Newcomen Watts

December 28, 1943

Italy

Military Service


Service Number:

C/42048

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Canadian Provost Corps

Division:

1 Provost Coy.

Additional Information


Born:

March 10, 1917
Kingston, Surrey, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

November 16, 1939
Rockcliffe, Ontario

Son of Capt. Charles and Eva Watts, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 225 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Commemorated on Page 76 of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Honour Roll Book.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. 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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  • Cemetery– Entrance - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Paying respects– Superintendent Greg Peters of the RCMP at the gravesite of Terence Graham Newcomen Watts.
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013

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