Venezia e il Veneto

The British Cemetery in Granezza. Where Harold and Vera Brittain repose. Altopiano di Asiago, Vicenza.

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In the high plateau of Asiago and in other places of the Italian Alps it is not strange to find some cemeteries whith the tombs of many soldiers who died during the First World War. Particularly beautiful are the English cemeteries.

One of these is located on Mount Corno, near Lusiana, and contains the remains of 142 British soldiers.

In the information found there, particular importance is given to the soldier, Edward Harold Brittain who died on 15 June 1918 and his sister Vera Brittain, who was a nurse and who also took part in the war.

At the end of the conflict, Vera decided to write a book narrating the terrible experience of the war, which was published in 1933 under the title “Testament of Youth”. The book immediately became a bestseller and Vera became one of the most famous British writers of the 20th century.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Brittain decided to lay her ashes on her brother Edward’s grave…

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