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. 



Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

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WILSON, Rowland Joshua

Service number 938

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NORMAN, Allan Leslie

Service number 407006
Flying Officer
Born 29 Dec 1915

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Service number SX11448Q
Born 14 Jul 1918

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LYONS, Vincent

Service number VX24936
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 28 May 1920

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SEESSLE, John Alfred Benjamin

Service number VX19468
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 5 May 1914

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KLINGNER, Frank Maurice

Service number SX38798
14/32 (amalgamated) Infantry Battalion AMF
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 25 Jul 1922

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PAINE, Robert Langsford

Service number SX10876
Independent Companies
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 3 Mar 1913

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EARP, Frederick Wentworth

Service number 403325
Flight Sergeant
No. 93 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 23 Nov 1921