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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HOBBS, Herbert Thomas

Service number NX6937
Sapper
2/3rd Railway Construction Company (RAE)
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 10 Feb 1914

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FLOOD, John Wellesley

Service number Officer
Major
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Royal Australian Navy

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WALKER, John Edward (aka John COURTNEY)

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

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ELWELL, Charles Bingham

Service number Officer
Lieutenant Commander
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Royal Australian Navy
Born 13 Sep 1882

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WILLIAMS, William George Vincent

Service number 294
Able Seaman
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Royal Australian Navy
Born 24 Nov 1886

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FINDLAY, Donald Douglas

Service number SX38283
Sapper
Fortress Company Rabaul
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 31 Mar 1920

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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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STREET, Henry William

Service number 419
Able Seaman
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Royal Australian Navy
Born 1 Jan 1883