Commonwealth forces made their landings in the south-east corner of the island between Pachina and Syracuse and the majority of those buried in Syracuse War Cemetery died during those landings or in the early stages of the campaign.
Many graves belong to men of the airborne force that attempted landings west of the town on the night of 9-10 July, when gale force winds forced 60 of the 140 gliders used into the sea and blew others wide of their objectives.
Syracuse War Cemetery contains 1,059 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 134 of them unidentified. There is also one First World war burial.
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