Gradara War Cemetery

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Gradara War Cemetery
Cemetery Gradara.jpg
Country: Italy
Coordinates: 43°56′28.6″N 12°47′00.7″E / 43.941278, 12.783528
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of gravesites: 1,186
Website: Gradara War Cemetery

The Gradara War Cemetery is a cemetery in Italy containing burials of those who died in the advance from Ancona to Rimini during the Second World War. There are 369 Canadians buried in the cemetery.


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.

Following the fall of Rome to the Allies in June 1944, the German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive positions known as the Trasimene, Arezzo, Arno and Gothic Lines.

The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944 and it contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini, which broke the German's heavily defended Gothic Line, and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21 September 1944.


Gradara War Cemetery is situated in the Commune of Gradara in the Province of Pesaro. It is located about 1.5 kilometres south of the SS16, midway between Pesaro and Riccione.

Take the exit Cattolica from the autostrada A14. At the roundabout take the first exit following the sign to Gradara. Proceed on via Malpasso seconda and at the follwing roundabout take the second exit following the sign to Pesaro and proceed on the SS16. After the village of Case Badioli and before the village of Colombarone turn right and then follow the CWGC signs.

Cemetery address: Via Pesaro s.n - 61012 Gradara (PU) 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
Kennedy, Thomas Arthur grave marker.jpg
D16120 LCpl TA Kennedy I, G, 71.
MacDonald, Lawrence John grave marker.jpg
C4182 LCpl LJ MacDonald I, H, 70.
Mathers, Duncan Thomas grave marker.jpg
B84432 LCpl DT Mathers I, F, 66.
McCall, Roy Calder grave marker.jpg
L22447 Cpl RC McCall I, H, 13.
Reid, Thomas Alexander Walter grave marker.jpg
M35129 Sigmn TAW Reid I, F, 65.

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