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Cemetery Details

Location Kantara, Al Qantara, Egypt
Co‑ordinates N30.8717466, E32.3320784
Description

This is an extract of the Kantara Cemetery page from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web page for Kantara (www.cwgc.org).

 

Kantara War Memorial Cemetery is situated at Kantara East on the eastern side of the Suez Canal, 160 kilometres north-east of Cairo and 50 kilometres south of Port Said.

In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until late 1920. After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields, notably those at Rumani, Qatia, El Arish and Rafa.

KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY now contains 1,562 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 110 from the Second World War. There are also 341 war graves of other nationalities in the cemetery, many of them made from the Polish hospital and concentrated in a distinct Polish extension.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Posted by Julianne T Ryan.  August 2014.  Lest we forget.

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Names

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GIBBS, Samuel Gilbert

Service number 772
Private
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 12 Oct 1894

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HEITHERSAY, Austin James

Service number 275
Lieutenant
1st Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 21 May 1893

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BOWYER, Stanley Ernest

Service number 113
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 3 Dec 1894

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ROBERTS, Clive

Service number 903A
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 30 Oct 1897

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HIGGINS, Mervyn Bournes

Service number OFFICER
Captain
8th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 8 Nov 1887

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HOLMES, Philip Gordon

Service number 524
Private
1st Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
AIF WW1
Born 1887

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HILDER, Herbert John

Service number 1291
Trooper
11th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 12 Dec 1887

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ROGERS, Ernest Arthur

Service number 932
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 6 Dec 1890

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