In Memory of
GEORGE PETER VERNON WILLS
3rd Bt., 228316.
2nd Bn., Coldstream Guards
who died on
Thursday, 19th April 1945. Age 23.
Additional Information: Son of Sir George Vernon Proctor Wills, 2nd Bt., and of Lady Wills, A.R.R.C., J.P., of
Sir GEORGE PETER VERNON WILLS.
Cemetery: ARGENTA GAP WAR CEMETERY, Italy
Grave Reference/ Panel Number: III, C, 3.
Location: The Cemetery lies in the Commune of Argenta in the Province of Ferrara and the town of Argenta is 2 kilometres south of the cemetery on the SS16 connecting Ravenna with Ferrara. Approaching the cemetery from the south, bear right just before reaching the town of Argenta and proceed down the Strada di Circonvallazione, passing the railway station on the right. Take the second turning to the right and, after crossing the railway, continue forward to a fork and again bear right. The turning to the cemetery is on the left, a little further on, near a farm. Approaching the cemetery from the north, turn sharp left off the main road at the first crossroads on the borders of the town and then take the third turning to the left which will lead to the railway crossing mentioned above. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.
Historical Information: The site of the cemetery was chosen by the 78th Division for battlefield burials, and the cemetery was later enlarged by the bringing in of burials from the surrounding district. It marks the final stages of the hard fighting in Italy in the spring of 1945, and contains among others the graves of many men of the Commandos engaged in the amphibious operations on the shores of the Comacchio lagoon early in April 1945. There are now over 600, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified.