Arthur VODDEN 

*c. 1907 - †30 Dec 1944


a) Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant 1866911, 8 Field Sqn., Royal Engineers died WWII - Commemoration from Commonwealth War Graves Commission "Their Name Liveth for Evermore".
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 8 Field Sqn.
Age: 37
Date of Death: 30/12/1944
Service No: 1866911
Awards: MM
Additional information: Son of George and Laura Vodden, of Cardiff; husband of Margaret Vodden, of Cardiff.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: V. C. 5.
Country: Italy
Locality: unspecified
Visiting Information: The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime. Wheelchair access to site possible, but may be by alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
Location Information: Take the Bologna-Ancona autostrada A14 and exitat Faenza. The War Cemetery lies 1.5 kilometres south-east of Faenza and is approached by a secondary road which branches off the main roadBologna-Forli (Route No.9) just east of the town.
Historical Information: On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Following the fall of Rome to the Allies in June 1944, the German retreat becameordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive lines. In the northern Appenine mountains the last of these, the Gothic Line, was breached by the Allies during the Autumn campaign and the front inched forward as far as Ravenna in the Adratic sector, but with divisions transferred to support the new offensive in France, and the Germans dug in to a number of key defensive positions, the advance stalled as winter set in. The war cemetery at Faenza was formed during these months for the burial of those who were killed in the static fighting before the Allied advance was renewed in April 1945. Faenza War Cemetery contains 1,152 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
No. of Identified Casualties: 1139