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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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DAVIES, Albert Alfred

Service number 1586
3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born Apr 1885

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ROSS, John Roy

Service number 382
2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born 1894

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POLLE, Joseph Louis

Service number 164
32nd Infantry Battalion

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STOKES, Patrick James

Service number 1826
7th Infantry Battalion
Born 1890

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SMITH, John Lewis

Service number 5726
15th Field Company Engineers
Born 15 Jun 1890

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ALEXANDER, Charles Beresford

Service number 293
2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born 8 Jun 1886

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BUTTLE, Samuel Leonard

Service number 2343
10th Infantry Battalion
Born 7 Mar 1894

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PARKER, William Charles

Service number 1083
4th Field Ambulance

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