ZURRIEQ (ST. LEO'S) CEMETERY
- Country Malta
- Total identified casualties 1 Find these casualties
- Casualties from Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 35.82408, Longitude: 14.47925
This Roman Catholic cemetery belongs to Zurrieq Parish Church, and is about 2 kilometres from the church. The entrance to the cemetery is in Triq San Leone Zurrieq. GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude 35.824186, Longitude 14.479224.
The cemetery is open daily from 8.00am to 4.30pm including weekends and public holidays.
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During the Second World War, Malta's position in the Mediterranean was of enormous Allied strategic importance. Heavily fortified, the island was never invaded, but was subjected to continual bombardment and blockade between Italy's entry into the war in June 1940 and the Axis defeat at El Alamein in November 1942. At the height of Axis attempts to break Malta's resistance in April 1942, the island and her people were awarded the George Cross by King George VI.
Malta's defence relied upon a combined operation in which the contributions made by the three branches of the armed forces and Merchant Navy were equally crucial. Although heavily pressed in defence, offensive raids launched from the island by air and sea had a crippling effect on the Axis lines of communication with North Africa, and played a vital part in the eventual Allied success there.
Zurrieq (St Leo's) Cemetery contains one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War.