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In Memory of


Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C
who died on
Wednesday, 13th September 1944.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
I. C. 13.
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. Leave the Autostrada A14 at Ancona Sud and take the SS16 towards Ancona. After approximately 3 kilometres (via Pietro Filonze) turn right to pass in front of the wholesale fruit market and under a railway line. Then at the next junction turn left and the War Cemetery is found after several kilometres on the left shortly after a FINA petrol filling station, on the Strada di Passo Varano.

Historical Information:

The cemetery site was chosen by the Army in September 1944, and burials 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 casualties from the first attacks on the eastern sector of the Gothic Line, near Fano and Pesaro, at the end of August and early in September 1944. Ancona itself had been taken by the Poles on 18th 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. There are now 1019, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site, of these 57 are unidentified. There are also 2 post or non-world war casualties buried in the site.