The Old World – Europe – is filled with ancient battlegrounds and monuments dating back thousands of years. There are, however reminders of conflicts of my father’s era. Near Casino is a Commonwealth Graves Commission Cemetery, holding the bodies of 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Cassino War Cemetery of whom 289 of the burials are unidentified. It is a beautiful place – there is no glory here, just remembrance, and some sadness also for the lost potential of much of a generation of young people.
Casino marked a turning point in the War. For a year the Germans held up the allied advance north towards Rome with fierce fighting on what became known as Monastery Hill, which overlooks the Memorial. As well as a cemetery, there is a memorial, commemorating more than 4000 Commonwealth servicemen whose burial place is unknown. The photograph honours their sacrifice.