Syracuse War Cemetery

Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse War Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground for the dead of World War II.

The site of the cemetery was selected in 1943 at an early stage in the operations for the capture of Sicily. In this cemetery most of the graves are those of men who lost their lives in the landings in Sicily on 10 July 1943, as part of the early stages of the campaign to capture the island (Operation Husky).

They include those of a considerable number who belonged to the airborne force that was landed immediately west of the town during the night 9–10 July. Graves were brought into Syracuse War Cemetery from as far north as Lentini. There is one grave for a casualty from World War I, a merchant seaman who was originally buried in the Marsala British Cemetery. In addition, three special memorials commemorate men known to have been originally buried in other cemeteries in the region, but whose graves could not be found on concentration. 



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Founded: 1943
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Italy

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Giuseppe Toro (14 months ago)
Cemetery of the fallen in war here in Sicily ... well kept
Miguel Angel Moncholi (mmoncholi) (18 months ago)
Loor to those who gave their lives to save Europe from national-socialist barbarism. This cemetery along with others, remind Canadians, English, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Indians and others to whom we must process our eternal gratitude.
Fulvio Prainito (18 months ago)
Linda Alderson (2 years ago)
We recently visited to see the grave of Henry Bell a DLI soldier and uncle of Harry Alderson. It is a beautiful cemetery well kept and very poignant. He is among friends. R.I.P Uncle Harry So Proud
Calum Stirling (4 years ago)
Commonwealth forces made their landings in the south-east corner of Sicily, between Pachino and Syracuse, and the majority of those buried in Syracuse War Cemetery died during those landings or in the early stages of the campaign. Many graves belong to men of the airborne force that attempted landings west of Syracuse on the night of 9-10 July, when gale force winds forced 60 of the 140 gliders into the sea, and blew others wide of their objectives. Syracuse War Cemetery contains 1,059 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 134 of them unidentified. There is also one First World war burial, that of a merchant seaman whose grave was brought to the cemetery from Marsala British Cemetery.
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