Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
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Location
Region : Catania, Sicily, Italy
Latitude : 37.46303
Lontitude : 15.038888
CWGC Link : CWGC
Catania War Cemetery is 7 kilometres south-west of Catania. From Catania Airport follow the tangenziale (main road) towards the A19 (in the direction of Palermo). Before reaching the A19 the cemetery is signposted. Cemetery address: Stradale Passo del Fico - 95121 Catania Zona Industriale (CT) Sicily.

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Cookstown Casualties
No     Rank Name Service No Regiment / Service Date Of Death Grave Ref
1 Portrait Portrait Fusilier Gildea, Robert 6980686 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 19/07/1943 Grave 4-B-48
2 Portrait Portrait Fusilier Harkness, William J 6982809 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 19/07/1943 Grave 3-F-10
Cemetery History
On 10 July 1943, following the successful conclusion of the north African campaign in mid May, a combined allied force of 160,000 Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy.
The Italians, who would shortly make peace with the Allies and re-enter the war on their side, offered little determined resistance but German opposition was vigorous and stubborn. he campaign in Sicily came to an end on 17 August when the two allied forces came together at Messina, but failed to cut off the retreating Axis lines.
Catania War Cemetery contains burials from the later stages of the campaign, from Lentini northwards. Many died in the heavy fighting just short of Catania (the town was taken on 5 August) and in the battle for the Simeto river bridgehead.
Catania War Cemetery contains 2,135 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 113 of them unidentified.