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Cemetery Details

Location SS18 Tirrena Inferiore, Bivio Pratole, Province of Salerno - Campania, Italy
Co‑ordinates N40.62508, E14.92202

Location Information
Coming from Rome, proceed along the A30 following the signs for Salerno-Reggio Calabria; then take the A3, exiting at Pontecagnano or Battipaglia. Turn back towards Salerno on the SS18 coast road. Signs for the cemetery, which is on the north side of the road, should be seen after passing through Bellizzi. Cemetery address: Via G. Leopardi, 1 - Bivio Pratole - 84090 Montecorvino Pugliano (SA) Campania.

History Information
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year. Commonwealth and American forces landed near Salerno on 8-9 September 1943 and there was fierce fighting for some days in the bridgehead that they established. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1943 and it contains many burials resulting from the landings and the fighting that followed, but graves were also brought in later from a wide area of south-western Italy. The 59th General Hospital was in the vicinity of Salerno at the end of 1943 and early in 1944. Salerno War Cemetery contains 1,846 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 107 of them unidentified.

One casualty of the First World War is also commemorated in the cemetery by special memorial, his grave in a local civil cemetery having been lost.

The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.



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PEARCE, Leonard Ancliff

Service number 401049
Warrant Officer
No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 17 Aug 1909

ABBOTT, Lewis James

Service number 400167
No. 40 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 1 Aug 1915

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