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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BENHAM, Gregory Wade

Service number OFFICER
Sub Lieutenant
Born 2 Jul 1914

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SIMPSON, Frederick Arnold

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

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KYLE, Alan Fairlie

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

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NORMAN, Allan Leslie

Service number 407006
Flying Officer
Born 29 Dec 1915

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WILLIAMS, William George Vincent

Service number 294
Able Seaman
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914)
Born 24 Nov 1886

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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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HARRISON, Robert

Service number 410054
Flight Sergeant
Born 30 Sep 1918

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LYONS, Vincent

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