Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands and lies in the centre of the group near the southern end of the largest island, Stromo. The Cemetery lies to the south-west of the town and the British graves are in the north central part of the Cemetery.
A small force of Commonwealth troops was sent to the Faroes in April 1940 to guard against a possible German invasion following their occupation of Denmark. Although no invasion was attempted, the islands suffered a number of raids from the Luftwaffe in 1941 and 1942. The garrison, which at its peak numbered 6,000, was greatly reduced in April 1944. Torshavn Cemetery contains 38 Commonwealth burials, one of them unidentified.