Visit the CWGC in Malta

Known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean, Malta played an important role during both world wars. Today tourists from all over the world visit Malta to sample its unique culture, the unparalleled scenery and to immerse themselves into the history of this historic island.

Exploring the History of Malta

CWGC are now running tours of our sites at Imtarfa Military Cemetery and Pieta Military Cemetery every Friday and Monday between 9.00am and 1.00pm and also at weekends upon request.

Find out more about these incredible sites, their part in the history of Malta and some of the fascinating people we commemorate.

To find out more and book email maltatours@cwgc.org

CAPUCCINI MILITARY CEMETERY
Walk through the beautiful stone arch at the entrance and be captivated by one of the most moving cemeteries in Malta.
PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY
This beautiful walled cemetery in the heart of Pieta is a poignant mix of both war and civilian casualties.
IMTARFA MILITARY CEMETERY
In the shadow of the ancient city of Medina lies Imtarfa Military Cemetery. A beautiful, tranquil site steeped in history, start your journey of discovery here.

History of Malta

Wartime Malta

During the First World War Malta was a vital base of operations and a medical hub which treated wounded soldiers brought here from across the Mediterranean. During the Second World War Malta was besieged for more than two years. More bombs were dropped on the island than on London during the Blitz. In recognition of their bravery and suffering, the people of Malta were awarded the George Cross.

Malta timeline

Take a trip though Malta’s history with our Malta timeline video and discover more about the Commission's work on the island.

Follow the story from the outbreak of the First World War, when the island welcomed the injured; through to its strategic role in the Second World War. Learn about the high cost paid by its people and how those lost are still honoured today.

Our commitment

Our cemeteries in Malta are a uniquely beautiful and poignant mix of Commonwealth War Graves, war graves from many other nations and striking private headstones. Malta is truly unique and many of our headstones here look very different from those in other parts of the world. With shallow earth and hard rock underneath, most Commonwealth burials are marked by flat headstones bearing many names.

Cemetery

First World War casualties

Second World War casualties

Total casualties

Pieta Military Cemetery

1304

180

2255

Ta-Braxia Cemetery

5

3

8

Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery

491

719

2655

Pembroke Military Cemetery

9

314

596

Imtarfa Military Cemetery

15

239

1458

Marsa Jewish Cemetery

3

2

6

Turkish Military Cemetery, Marsa

13

13

26

Addolorata Cemetery

296

18

315

Siggiewi (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) Cemetery

 

1

1

Tarxien Cemetery

 

1

1

Zurrieq (St. Leo's) Cemetery

 

1

1

Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Casal Dingli

1

 

1

Casal Zebbug Church

1

 

1

Malta Memorial

 

2292

2292

Pembroke Memorial

 

51

51

Total

2138

3834

9667

STORIES FROM MALTA

Malta and its people have a rich and fascinating history, and here you can read the incredible stories of some the amazing people we commemorate.

Through the collation of photographs and details of the lives of the casualties, CWGC humanises the names of those commemorated at our sites across Malta. We hope to help future generations discover and cherish the stories of those who gave their today for our tomorrow.

If you have any information regarding individuals commemorated by the CWGC in Malta, you can click here to upload your own story.