DEREK LANE MARTIN
1st Airborne Div. Sigs., Royal Corps of Signals
who died on
Wednesday 17th March 1943. Age 21.
|Additional Information:||Son of Harold and Ethel Martin, of Roath, Cardiff.|
|Cemetery:||TABARKA RAS RAJEL WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia|
|Cemetery Details:||The cemetery gates are not locked, so it is possible to visit the cemetery, including Saturdays and Sundays, when it is unstaffed. However, the register and visitors' book will not be available outside normal working hours, as they are kept locked in the gardeners toolshed. The gardeners hours of work are: July and August (Summer Hours) Monday - Thursday 06.00 - 15.00 Friday 06.00 - 14.00 September - June (Winter Hours) Monday - Thursday 07.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00 Friday 07.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00 Month of Ramadan Monday - Friday 08.00 - 15.00|
|Grave Reference/Panel Number:||3. C. 20.|
|Location:||Tabarka is a coastal town on the Tunisian/Algerian border. The war cemetery is some 12 kilometres east of the town on Route P7 to Tunis (and Beja).
|Historical Information:||In May 1943, the war in North Africa came to an end in Tunisia with the defeat of the Axis powers by a combined Allied force. On 8 November 1942, Commonwealth and American troops made a series of landings in Algeria and Morocco. The Germans responded immediately by sending a force from Sicily to northern Tunisia, which checked the Allied advance east in early December. Tabarka was just behind the limit of the advance that winter. Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery contains 500 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 60 of them unidentified.|