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. 



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SEESSLE, John Alfred Benjamin

Service number VX19468
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 5 May 1914

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UHLMAN, Stanley Gordon

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

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KYLE, Alan Fairlie

Service number Officer
HMAS Basilisk
Royal Australian Navy
Born 7 Feb 1898

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HOBBS, Herbert Thomas

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

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BENHAM, Gregory Wade

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

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GRAY, James Samuel

Service number 20
3rd Infantry Battalion

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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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Service number VX46677
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 Oct 1916