STRATTON DORSET
   
             
STRATTON WAR MEMORIAL
             
           
    PRIVATE H. W. DAVIS. GRENADIER GUARDS    
             
     
 

The birth of Henry W. Davis was registered at Dorchester in 1921. His parents were Charles Henry Davis and Mabel Davis (nee Spencer).

In June 1944, aged 23 years, Guardsman 2622447 Henry Davis was serving with the 5th Battalion, the Grenadier Guards at Bolsena between Rome and Siena in Italy.

The 5th Battalion, the Grenadier Guards had been raised in 1941 and together with the 3rd Battalion shared in the invasion of North Africa. These two Battalions, along with the 6th Battalion took part in the invasion of Italy and the Italian campaign; the 5th Battalion forming part of the force that landed at Anzio.

Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but the advance was checked for some months at the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line. The line eventually fell in May 1944 and as the Germans fell back, Rome was taken by the Allies on 3rd June. The Germans made their first stand after being driven north of
Rome at Bolsena.

Henry Davis was killed in action on 25th June 1944.

The site of the Bolsena War Cemetery was chosen in November 1944. It is situated on the eastern side of Lake Bolsena. Graves were brought in from the battlefields between Bolsena and Orvieto.

Henry Davis is buried in Plot III, Row C, Grave 4.

Forty other Grenadier Guards killed during the Second World War are buried in this Cemetery which is on the site of the first camp occupied by General Alexander's advanced headquarters after the liberation of Rome.  It was here that King George VI visited General Alexander at the end of July 1944. Bolsena War Cemetery contains a total of 597 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. Forty of them are unidentified.

 
     
 
Bolsena War Cemetery – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
 
     
             
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