Cassino War Cemetery
|Cassino War Cemetery|
|Owned by:||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Website:||Cassino War Cemetery|
The Cassino War Cemetery is the second largest Second World War cemetery in Italy and Canadians killed in the fierce fighting in the area are buried here. Canadians from the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns with no known grave are memorialized on the Cassino Memorial.
The site for Cassino War Cemetery was originally selected in January 1944, but the development of the battle during the first five months of that year made it impossible to use it until after the Germans had withdrawn from Cassino. During these early months of 1944, Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian campaign, the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome. The majority of those buried in the war cemetery died in the battles during these months. There are now 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Cassino War Cemetery. 289 of the burials are unidentified.
Within the cemetery stands the Cassino Memorial which commemorates over 4,000 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the Italian campaign whose graves are not known.
Cassino War Cemetery lies in the Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139 kilometres south-east of Rome. Take the autostrada A1 from Rome to Naples and leave it at the Cassino exit. At the junction of this exit and the road into Cassino, is the first of 6 clearly visible signposts to the cemetery and memorial. The cemetery is located approximately 1 kilometre from the railway station in Via Sant Angelo and visitors arriving by train are advised to take a taxi from the station.
"We Rest Here"
The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are buried here.
|Headstone||Service Number||Rank and Name||Grave Location|
|D21562||Cpl RB Haig||V. C. 14.|
|K34803||LCpl J Janzen||XIII. C. 12.|
|L10385||LCpl EW Morrison||V. B. 10.|
|K52346||Cpl JA Watson||XIII. F. 3.|
|B32131||Sigmn LB Wismer||XIII. G. 2.|
The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are commemorated here.