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incorporates the burial ground used during the siege and the memorial erected there at the time by the Australians has been replaced by a permanent memorial of similar design.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

Service number SX7545
Private
2nd/8th Field Ambulance
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 19 Jan 1901

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DRURY, Ernest O'Brien

Service number QX4064
Private
2nd/9th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 10 Mar 1901

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DREW, Leo

Service number VX22915
Corporal
2nd/32nd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 2 May 1916

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FENWICK, Irvin George

Service number SX8001
Private
2nd/28th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 26 Dec 1919

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GEARY, Ernest Clifford

Service number NX21406
Private
2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 9 Oct 1916

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EDMONDSON, John Hurst

Service number NX15705
Corporal
2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 8 Oct 1914

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DILLON, Leslie James

Service number SX5551
Private
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 2 Dec 1916

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