Cassino War Cemetery
Cassino War Cemetery lies in the Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139 kilometres south-east of Rome.
The site for Cassino War Cemetery was originally selected in January 1944, but the development of the battle during the first five months of that year made it impossible to use it until after the Germans had withdrawn from Cassino.
During these early months of 1944, Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian campaign - the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome.
The majority of those buried in the war cemetery died in the battles during these months, and there are now 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Cassino War Cemetery, including Russell Thomas Ormerod (Grave Ref. X. F. 5.), who died whilst serving in the New Zealand Infantry.
|4751632 PRIVATE / H. DOBSON / THE YORK & LANCASTER REGT. /
5TH JANUARY 1944 AGE 27 / PEACEFULLY AT REST. / HE PASSED THE SUPREME TEST.
/ SOME DAY WE'LL MEET / IN A LAND MORE FAIR.
(Grave Ref. XVII. A. 19.)
|BURIED UNTIL 1984 AT / CASELETTI DI STA RUFFINA / FLIGHT
LIEUTENANT / D.M. LEIGH-HAY-CLARK / PILOT / ROYAL AIR FORCE / 27TH JANUARY
1944 AGE 24 / SECONDED FROM THE LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT
(Grave Ref. XVII. D. 18.)
Donald Massingberd Leigh-Hay-Clark - "Son of Maj. Norman Leith-Hay-Clark and Alice Theodora Leith-Hay-Clark, of South Kensington, London. His brother Richard Langton Leith-Hay-Clark also died on service."
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register
|139689 PRIVATE / R.T. ORMEROD / N.Z. INFANTRY / 21ST MARCH
1944 AGE 22
(Grave Ref. X. F. 5.)