Lewis St Clair Pinkerton's WW II Story!
as told by his cousin Herb Barge

I never met my 3rd Cousin Lewis, but I did research all of the following information:

In memory of Private

Lewis St Clair Pinkerton was born September 3, 1909 in Dryden, Ontario, Canada the son of Frederick W. Pinkerton and Marie Alicia LaVallee.

He joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. during World War II and was killed in action March 2, 1945 in Ortona, Italy. He was 36 years old.

His Service number was H/16278

He is commemorated on Page 555 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance for 1945.

You can visit the Books of Rememberance at the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site
by clicking HERE. Lewis is in the "Second World War" Book in the Year "1945".

Grave Reference: XI. H. 7.

Location: 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. 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.

He is buried in Plot XI Row H Grave 7

Information courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

May he rest in the Peace he fought to preserve!

Page updated January 27, 2017