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Cemetery Details

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

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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PAUL, George Francis

Service number 8
Australian Army Service Corps
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 12 May 1891

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Service number 1992
16th Infantry Battalion
Born 1883

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DAVIES, Albert Alfred

Service number 1586
3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born Apr 1885

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KING, John Peter

Service number 3003
7th Light Horse Regiment
Born Nov 1890

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RYAN, Thomas John

Service number 2241
10th Light Horse Regiment

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MOWBRAY, Norma Violet

Service number Nurse
Nursing Sister
Australian Army Nursing Service
Australian Army Nursing Service
Born 20 Oct 1883

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PHILLIPS, Frederick Victor

Service number 964
13th Infantry Battalion
Born 1 May 1890

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CHRISTIE, Reginald Stanley

Service number 3657
1st Field Company Engineers
Born 10 Oct 1891

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