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
Description

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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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

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PAINE, Robert Langsford

Service number SX10876
Private
1st Independent Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 3 Mar 1913

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POCKLEY, Brian Colden Antill

Service number OFFICER
Captain
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Royal Australian Navy
Born 4 Jun 1890

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BROWN, David Stuart

Service number 401489
Sergeant
No. 75 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 9 Dec 1916

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TODD, John Evelyn

Service number 271707
Squadron Leader
No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 3 Feb 1914

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WALKER, John Edward

Service number 45
Able Seaman
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Royal Australian Navy
Born 17 Dec 1884

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UHLMAN, Stanley Gordon

Service number VX44347
Private
1st Independent Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 1 May 1911

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SIMPSON, Frederick Arnold

Service number VX23896
Private
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 Aug 1905

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BENHAM, Gregory Wade

Service number OFFICER
Sub Lieutenant
HMAS Brisbane
Royal Australian Navy
Born 2 Jul 1914