Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea Back to Search

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Cemetery Details

Location Rabaul, Blanche Bay, Papua New Guinea
Co‑ordinates S4.40651, E152.29945

RABAUL (BITA PAKA) WAR CEMETERY contains the graves of those who lost their lives during the operations in New Britain and New Ireland, or who died in the area while prisoners of war, which were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites, from temporary military cemeteries and from camp burial grounds. 

The cemetery contains 1,120 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 500 of them unidentified.

This cemetery also contains First World War graves brought in from Rabaul Cemetery in 1950 and from Kokopo Old German Cemetery in 1961. Special memorials commemorate three casualties who were buried in Rabaul Old Civil Cemetery, but whose graves could not be traced following damage to the cemetery during the Japanese occupation. In all, 32 First World War servicemen are now buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 



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Service number VX46677
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 23 Oct 1916

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DRAKES, Stewart Ian

Service number 427073
Flight Sergeant
Born 2 Apr 1924

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STREET, Henry William

Service number 419
Able Seaman
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914)
Born 1883

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NORMAN, Allan Leslie

Service number 407006
Flying Officer
Born 29 Dec 1915

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UHLMAN, Stanley Gordon

Service number VX44347
Born 1 May 1911

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Service number 410054
Flight Sergeant
Born 30 Sep 1918

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EARP, Frederick Wentworth

Service number 403325
Flight Sergeant
Born 23 Nov 1921

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BENHAM, Gregory Wade

Service number OFFICER
Sub Lieutenant
Born 2 Jul 1914