SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" |
4384071 Corporal JOSEPH WILLIAM SHOBBROOK.
16 L. of C. Sigs., Royal Corps of Signals.
who died, aged 37, on the 4th of February 1944.
Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Shobbrook, of Skelton in Cleveland, North Yorkshire.
Anzio War Cemetery.
Anzio is a coastal town 70 kilometres south of Rome.|
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland.
The invasion coincided with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side.
Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but by the end of October, the Allies were
facing the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the river Garigliano
in the west to the Sangro in the east.
Initial attempts to breach the western end of the line were unsuccessful.
Operations in January 1944 landed troops behind the German lines at Anzio, but defences were well organised,
and a breakthrough was not actually achieved until May.
The site for this cemetery was selected not long after the landings at Anzio and the burials here date from
the period immediately following the landings.
Anzio War Cemetery contains 1,056 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.