Cairo War Memorial Cemetery

Cemetery Details

Location Al Seka Hadid, Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Co‑ordinates N30.01438, E31.23075
Description

Location Information
This cemetery is within the Old Cairo cemetery area, which is situated approximately 5 kilometres south east of the centre of Cairo. The cemetery area is on the south side of the road Salah Salem, which runs west/east from the River Nile towards the green park area approximately 2 kilometres beyond and eventually towards the Citadel. The cemetery is surrounded by a high wall and the double entrance gates are along Sharia Abu Safein. This road is parallel with the railway line which runs south from Cairo main station and both railway and Sharia Abu Safein cross over the main road. Access up to Sharia Abu Safein is by using the northside ramp above the main road underpass, on the east side of the railway.

History Information
At the outbreak of the First World War, Cairo was headquarters to the United Kingdom garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915 and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine.

General Headquarters, Middle East Command, was set up in Cairo shortly before the Second World War, remaining there throughout the war years. In January 1941, a Royal Air Force Sector Headquarters for Fighter Defence Canal Zone was established.
Cairo was again a significant hospital centre during the Second World War.

Cairo War Memorial Cemetery was formerly part of the New British Protestant Cemetery, but plots B, D, F, H, K, M, O, P and Q were ceded to the Commission in 1920. Some graves were brought into these plots from elsewhere in the Protestant cemetery and in 1960, 85 First World War graves were concentrated from Minia War Cemetery, 200 km south of Cairo, where maintenance could not be assured. One burial of the Second World War was also moved later from Old Cairo Old Latin Cemetery for the same reason.

There are now 2,056 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War and 340 from the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. A small number, known to have been buried in other civil cemeteries in Cairo but whose graves are now lost, are commemorated by special memorial.

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Names

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JOHNSTON, Major

Service number 629
Sergeant
6th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1889

BENNETT, Thomas George

Service number 1320
Private
2nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Nov 1883

JOHNSTON, James Anderson Kerr

Service number COMMI...
Lieutenant
7th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Aug 1883

HOLLOWAY, Herbert Clifford

Service number 1554
Trooper
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 16 Sep 1887

DAEBRITZ, Walter

Service number 1528
Private
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

POWER, Joseph James

Service number 609
Trooper
8th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1

POLLE, Joseph Louis

Service number 164
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Mar 1893

RYAN, Thomas John

Service number 2241
Trooper
10th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1897

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