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Cemetery Details

Location Alexandria Highway, Tobruk, Cyrenaica - Butnan, Libya
Co‑ordinates N32.024735, E23.965036
Description

Tobruk War Cemetery  - Libya

extract from CWGC site

Tobruk is a Mediterranean port with an excellent deep water harbour. During the war it was important to Allied and Axis forces alike, for the reception of supplies and reinforcements. In January 1941, it was taken from the Italians by General Wavell's forces, and after the clearance of the demolitions in the harbour the port was usable and proved invaluable. When Rommel commenced his drive across Cyrenaica towards Suez it was deemed essential that Tobruk be held, and the resulting siege lasted from 11 April to 10 December 1941, when the Axis forces were driven back. They recovered far more quickly than was expected and by early February 1942, it was the Allies turn to fall back towards a line running southwards from Gazala to Bir Hakeim. Again orders were given to hold Tobruk, but it fell to Rommel on 21 June. It was retaken five months later by the Eighth Army in their final sweep along the North African coast into Tunisia.

Tobruk War Cemetery incorporates the burial ground used during the siege and the memorial erected there at the time by the Australians has been replaced by a permanent memorial of similar design. Many battlefield graves in the desert have been brought into the cemetery.

There are now 2,282 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Tobruk War Cemetery. 171 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 171 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.

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CLIFTON, Robert Edward

Service number SX5502
Private
Born 1 Jul 1922

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BAHNISCH, Carl Albert

Service number SX8418
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 3 Dec 1902

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RICHARDSON, George Gordon

Service number SX7052
Lance Corporal
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 4 Mar 1913

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BRICE, John Basil

Service number SX6827
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 16 Apr 1918

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JENNINGS, Herbert Henry

Service number SX6929
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 31 Dec 1913

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ANDREWS, Albert Edward

Service number QX13131
Sapper
2nd/7th Field Company (Squadron) RAE
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 29 Jun 1908

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DOWELL, Leslie Joseph

Service number SX11182
Private
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 21 Jun 1919

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AITKEN, Robert Maxwell

Service number SX7616
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 19 May 1912

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