Salerno War Cemetery
Salerno War Cemetery
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Andrew R
London, UK140 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were laying on the beach & we learnt that 80 years to the month that the Allies had first landed on mainland Italy practically where we were.
It’s a short 15 minute bus ride from Salerno & it’s just very moving. It just makes you stop & appreciate life. We had visited a commonwealth war cemetery in Thailand (Burma railway) in 2019 with a friend looking for a relative so we knew what to expect. That said it never ceases to surprise us at how well kept they are & like in Thailand there was someone tending the cemetery.
The thing that struck me at Salerno was that because of the landings most died within a 7 day period.
It’s not for everyone I do understand that especially on holiday but you do get something from the visit which I can’t put into words.
Written September 29, 2023
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Virginia R
Gosport, UK11 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
You can catch a no 8 bus from outside Salerno railway station,this will take you past the cemetery,which will be on your left and the bus stop is just a little further along the road,also the return bus stop,the buses run every 40 minutes.I hope this will be of help to anyone who is planning on making a visit.
Written October 9, 2014
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ElitePigFarmer
Loughborough, UK77 contributions
As an ex soldier I like to pay my respects to those who were not lucky enough to return home to their loved ones and lay in a foreign field far from home. They gave their lives, so I give them a few minutes of my time and by visiting these sites we ensure they remain open and well cared for for future generations.

The grounds are kept in excellent condition all year round by the gardener and there's a message book near the gate.
Written October 10, 2012
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Surriya S
nottingham3 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
I went mid June to pay respect to my great uncle who i found after 68 yrs, i was so surprised the care that was put into keeping the cemetery maintained..it was peaceful, i used to sit there for ages, some graveyards look scary and you hear stories about going into the graveyard late, all i felt was peace. We stayed at hotel Ancora near the beach, it was beautiful...i am already planning my next trip in October.
Written June 30, 2012
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IanM31
Portland, Australia99 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
This Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery is located south of Salerno on the SS 18 main road between Battipaglia and Pontecagnano. To go there take the No 34 bus from Piazza Concordia (aka Lungomare Trieste) in Salerno. I took a bus at 9 am and showed the driver my note pad with the cemetery details so he would let me off at the correct stop. Passengers also helped!
The cemetery is kept in immaculate condition and is a fitting tribute to over 1700 service people.
In the preceding days before I visited the cemetery, (Tuesday 20th October 2015) there had been torrential rain throughout southern Italy, but the lawn grassed area, although wet was fairly well drained. Impressive is the row of neat garden strips along the front of the memorial stones, and possibly visiting relatives have planted a rose bush or similar beside their deceased kin.
I noted a small New Zealand flag at one memorial and a bunch of flowers at another - signs of recent visitors who recorded their names in the visitors book.

The service people interred or recorded here are mainly from the British Isles, however all Commonwealth countries are represented: South African, Indian, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian military. Although I walked along many rows, I did not see any women's memorial stones, but that is not to say there are none.

There were many standard inscriptions, but there were examples of originality, such as:
1. 14463086 Private R I Wardrop, The Black Watch, 21st November 1945, Age 18. Remembered by Nancy, Sandy, Matron, Staff and Pals at the Edinburgh Home for Motherless Children.
2. 5733715 Private R G Hussey, The Hampshire Regiment, 9th September 1943. In everloving memory of Bob, a devoted son and brother of No 3 Folly Square, Bridport, Dorset, England.

There are many very sad inscriptions that speak loudly, even today, of the shock of the loss of a brother, son or husband.

One memorial stone at the back row left hand side, and set apart from others is to the memory of at 1st World War sailor Lascar Abdool Somode of the S.S. "Umballa", 25th December 1917. The inscription gives the details that he was buried elsewhere but his grave is now lost.

I do not have any relatives memorialised in this cemetery: my visit was to honour those who died in the 20th Century Wars for the cause of freedom from fear and oppression, freedom from want and freedom of speech, freedom of worship.
Written November 13, 2015
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NottmFoody
Arnold, UK666 contributions
Mar 2012
Immaculately maintained. A fitting tribute to all who fell serving their country. To visit and pay respects, and say a silent prayer to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice is the least you can do when visiting the area. Visitor book available to sign and give tribute.
Written March 21, 2012
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Mollymers
Scala, Italy114 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
If you have the opportunity, please pay a visit to the Salerno War Cemetery. It's out of town ion the way to Pontecagnano - unfortunately not very well known. A beautifully kept memorial ground and burial place for over a thousand young men who died during the Second World War when the Allies landed in SDslerno in 1944.
Written September 30, 2012
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Mike634740
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2 contributions
Nov 2011 • Friends
This is only a small part of history of World War 2. Yes it's a cemetery as some say, but you see how many people from different countries sacrificed their lives for us. And this is only a small number who lost their lives. For me a chance to say thank you and say a prayer. Many men laid to rest far from home and they should never be forgotten for what they sacrificed for us.
Written December 18, 2011
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philipwilson200
Reading39 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Well maintained,but difficult trek to get to by public transport,from the Salerno railway station a number 8 bus goes there approx every half hour,but as one of the locals stated they don't have any rules here,so don't set your watch by it. It is also used by the locals and stops at every stop,it took us a good hour from the cemetry but it was in the rush hour times. Very cheap way to travel, well worth the effort.
Written June 29, 2016
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SMK
Shetland Islands, UK50 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We recently drove from Ravello to visit the cemetery only to discover the address and map linked from this entry took us to an industrial estate in the middle of noone where. We did not have internet access to try and find the correct address. Therefore we had a 3 hour + round trip for nothing which on Italian roads is no pleasure. We were very disappointed as this was one thing my husband really wanted to visit whilst holidaying in the area. Please correct the address and map link so others do not experience what we did.
Written September 25, 2017
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