Ancona War Cemetery

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Ancona War Cemetery
Cemetery Ancona.jpg
Country: Italy
Coordinates: 43°35′13.8″N 13°31′25.1″E / 43.587167, 13.523639
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of gravesites: 1,021
Website: Ancona War Cemetery

The Ancona War Cemetery is a cemetery in Italy containing, among others, the graves of Canadians killed in fighting for the Gothic Line during the Second World War. There are 161 Canadians buried in the cemetery.


The cemetery at Ancona reflects the Allied progress up the Adriatic coast in August and September 1944. The cemetery site was chosen in September and graves were brought in from a wide area round about, extending from Pescara, 80 kilometres farther south, to Pesaro, over 48 kilometres north of Ancona. They include those of casualties from the first attacks on the eastern sector of the German defensive Gothic Line, near Fano and Pesaro, at the end of August and early in September. Ancona itself had been taken by the Poles on 18 July 1944 and, being little touched by the war, served as the main port for supplies for the attack on the Gothic Line and for the final break through the following spring at Argenta.


The War Cemetery lies in the rural locality of Tavernelle, in the Commune and Province of Ancona, 3 kilometres south of the town of Ancona. Take the exit Ancona Sud from the autostrada A14 and turn right immediately after. At the two roundabouts follow the signs to Pesaro and at the fork stay on the right. At the cross road turn left and turn left after the second gasoline station.

Cemetery address: Frazione Passo Varano - 60131 Ancona (AN) Marche.

"We Rest Here"

The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are buried here.

Headstone Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
B3229 Sigmn H Grunau I. B. 20.
B33129 Sigmn HAF Lee I. A. 18.
B111647 Sigmn P McNeil I. E. 1.
B38501 Sigmn JJR Tougher U.S.A. I. A. 16.

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