SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" |
4399588 Private WALTER THOMAS AUSTIN.
2/4th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
who died, aged 23, on the 12th of September 1944.
Son of Alfred Laurence and Myra Ann Austin, of Skelton in Cleveland, North Yorkshire.
Coriano Ridge War Cemetery.
Coriano Ridge War Cemetery is 3.5 kilometres west of Riccione, a seaside resort on the Adriatic coast.|
Coriano Ridge was the last important ridge in the way of the Allied advance in the Adriatic sector in the autumn
Its capture was the key to Rimini and eventually to the River Po.
German Parachute and Panzer troops, aided by bad weather, resisted all attacks on their positions between 4th
and 12th September 1944.
On the night of 12th September the Eighth Army re-opened its attack on the Ridge, with the 1st British Armoured
Division and the 5th Canadian Armoured Division.
This attack was successful in taking the Ridge, but marked the beginning of a week of the heaviest fighting
experienced since Cassino, the Eighth Army losing daily some 150 killed, who lie
buried in this cemetery.
The site for the cemetery was selected by the Army in April 1945 and it was formed by
concentrations from the surrounding battlefields.
There are now nearly 2,000, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.