Gordon Ernest Ott

Gordon Ernest Ott

Pte. Gordon Ernest Ott, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Ott, 66 Lincoln Ave., was killed in action along the Moro River, Italy, on January 30, 1944, after his regiment, the Hastings and Prince Edward of Canada, had taken part in the capture of Ortona, one of the greatest victories in Italy since the landing at Pachino. Pte. Ott lies buried in Ortona, scene of that great Allied triumph. Born in Brantford, June 17, 1926, Gordon, whose nickname was "Fat", was not yet 18 when he made the supreme sacrifice for his country. He had enlisted in August, 1942, being accepted because of his fine physique. His regiments included the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, the Irish Regiment, the Black Watch and the Hastings and Prince Edward and he trained in Toronto, Woodstock, Camp Borden and Halifax, before moving to England in September, 1943. Pte. Ott received his education at Major Ballachey School and the Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. He worked for a short time at Loblaw's. His church was Central Presbyterian. Too reserved in disposition to be outstanding in any active sport, he took a keen interest in hockey and was an ardent fan.

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