Taranto was used as a base by the Royal Navy immediately after the Italian declaration of war on Austria in May 1915, but its importance to Commonwealth troops dates from the summer of 1917, when the Mediterranean lines of communication were established. These lines ran from the eastern theatres of war through Taranto, Turin, Lyons and Le Mans to Cherbourg. A base and rest camp were made at Taranto and labour units, including the 8th, 10th and 11th Battalions, British West Indies Regiment, were brought in. No 79 General and No 6 Labour Hospitals followed. The Town Cemetery was used for Commonwealth burials from June 1915 to April 1919, but as early as January 1918, it became necessary to open a military extension. After the Armistice the 102 Commonwealth burials in the town cemetery were removed to this extension, and the grave of one sailor was brought in from Trani Communal Cemetery in 1958. There are now 449 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the extension. There is also 1 Non World War burial.
The Taranto Town Cemetery Extension is surrounded on three sides by the Tamburi Cimitero (Cimitero San Brunone), off the Via San Brunone northwest of the town centre.
GPS Coordinates: 40.49048, 17.21996
- Added: 14 Sep 2007
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2231681
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