Identified Casualties: 281
Santerno Valley War Cemetery is about 32 kilometres south-west of Imola and a little south of the main road from Imola to Fiorenzuola. Imola is a town on the SS9 halfway between Bologna and Forli.
Take the autostrada A1 exiting Roncobilaccio and proceed in the direction of Futa-Fiorenzuola. Go past Fiorenzuola and carry on towards Imola. The cemetery, which is approximately 13 kilometres further on, will be seen on top of the hill on the right hand side.
Cemetery address: Strada Statale 610 Cercetole – 50030 Coniale (FI) Tuscany.
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 44.163589, Longitude: 11.473492.
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.
Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via an alternative entrance. For further information and enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 lines. In the northern Appenine mountains the last of these, the Gothic Line, was breached by the Allies during the Autumn campaign and the front inched forward as far as Ravenna in the Adratic sector, but with divisions transferred to support the new offensive in France, and the Germans dug in to a number of key defensive positions, the advance stalled as winter set in.
The cemetery was started by the British 78th Division during the fighting in the Apennines towards the end of 1944, and was later added to by bringing in burials from the surrounding region.
Santerno Valley War Cemetery contains 287 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
|Frederick Lindsay McLernon||14617699||Royal Ulster Rifles||12/12/1944|