All cemetery pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Exit at the A12 autostrada at Genova East and follow the signs for the
direction of Genova. The road leads down a steep hill through several tunnels.
This cemetery is steeply terraced with numerous steps.
The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria,
in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917
and November 1918, and rest camps and medical units were established at various
locations in northern Italy behind the front, some of them remaining until 1919.
Victoria Cross Recipient
ERIC ARCHIBALD McNAIR
Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 12/08/1918, Age: 24, Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex Regiment 9th Bn. attd. G.H.Q. General Staff, Awards: V C, Grave Reference I. B. 32, Son of George Burgh McNair and Isabella Frederica McNair, of 5, Harrington St., Calcutta.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 29527, dated 28th March, 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. When the enemy exploded a mine, Lieutenant McNair and many men of two platoons were hoisted into the air, and many men were buried. But, though much shaken, he at once organised a party with a machine gun to man the near edge of the crater and opened rapid fire on a large party of the enemy, who were advancing. The enemy were driven back, leaving many dead. Lieutenant McNair then ran back for reinforcements, and sent to another unit for bombs, ammunition and tools to replace those buried. The communication trench being blocked he went across the open under heavy fire and led up the reinforcements the same way. His prompt and plucky action and example undoubtedly saved the situation."
25th Bty. 35th Bde.
Died of influenza 2nd November 1918, aged 26.
Plot I. D. 34.
Husband of Rosalie Coulson, of 64, Mineral St., Plumstead, London.
Picture courtesy of Paul Bown.
24th Bn. Manchester Regiment
31st October 1918, aged 25.
Plot I. D. 20.
Son of Joseph and Susannah Peatman, of 45, Kimberley Rd., Cambridge.