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War memorials

Italy: Giavera British Cemetery

Architect: Sir Robert Lorimer
Owners: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Location: Montello, Italy

Giavera British Cemetery, designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and sited on the brow of a hill south of the Montello ridge next to the village church and cemetery, contains 415 burials of men who relieved the Italians on the Montello sector between December 1917 and March 1918. This British cemetery, unlike those high up on the Asiago plateau, conforms to the standard character established by the IWGC on the Western Front and contains both an example of Sir Reginald Blomfield’s Cross of Sacrifice and the Great War Stone designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It also contains the Giavera Memorial, a large Hopton Wood tablet on the western wall between rustic pavilions designed by Lorimer commemorating some 150 missing.

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