Some of the fallen defenders of Malta G.C.
A photograph of the grave of some of the defenders of Malta G.C.
(Photograph by J.B. Wright)
Traditionally, Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta was the main garrison cemetery of the island and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains it. Although most of those buried or commemorated here are casualties of WW1, there are some WW2 graves, including the one shown in the above photograph. The graves are organised differently to most of those maintained by the CWGC. Because of the shallow soil cover of much of the island, war graves on Malta had to be cut into rock. Hence, many collective and joint burials were carried out, eventually marked by flat tablets with several inscriptions on each.
This particular grave is Collective Grave E.23. It contains the graves of six Artillery Men who lost their lives defending Malta G.C. in May 1942 - at the time of its greatest peril. Three of those buried in this particular grave are British (Royal Artillery) and three are Maltese (Royal Maltese Artillery).
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