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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ELWELL, Charles Bingham

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant Commander
Born 13 Sep 1882

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FLOOD, John Wellesley

Service number OFFICER
Major
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914)

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SEESSLE, John Alfred Benjamin

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

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KYLE, Alan Fairlie

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
HMAS Basilisk
Royal Australian Navy
Born 7 Feb 1898

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SIMPSON, Frederick Arnold

Service number VX23896
Private
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (WW2)
Born 23 Aug 1905

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MIDDLING, Neil

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

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OBST, Gustav Adolph

Service number P444
Warrant Officer Class 2
Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit
Australian Military Forces (WW2)
Born 21 Mar 1900

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POCKLEY, Brian Colden Antill

Service number OFFICER
Captain
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Army Medical Corps
Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914)
Born 4 Jun 1890