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Cemetery Details

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

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incorporates the burial ground used during the siege and the memorial erected there at the time by the Australians has been replaced by a permanent memorial of similar design.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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THIEL, Edwin Harold

Service number SX2201
2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 22 Nov 1916

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DOWELL, Leslie Joseph

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

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BLACK, Hector Lennard

Service number NX5564
2nd/3rd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 30 Apr 1916

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Service number VX14799
Miscellaneous Hospitals
Born 4 Jan 1898

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MITCHELL, Walter Carl

Service number SX7316
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 22 Jun 1914

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CAZNEAUX, Harold Ramsay

Service number NX58428
9th Division Signals
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 13 Mar 1920

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WALKER, Jack Harold

Service number SX6262
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 13 Feb 1917

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CLARK, Francis George

Service number NX17124
2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 31 Jul 1892

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