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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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UNDERWOOD, Richard James

Service number 2391
Lance Corporal
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jul 1897

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SINCLAIR, Cecil Hilary

Service number 829
Trooper
10th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1

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RIGHETTI, Alan Serafino

Lieutenant
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1

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GAVIN, John William

Service number 1385
Private
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1

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RANFORD, Joseph Marmion

Service number 183
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 17 Oct 1882

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TRAVERS, Geoffrey

Service number 367
Corporal
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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GOLDEN, Frederick

Service number 2313
Trooper
11th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 31 Jul 1889

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DONNELLAN, William

Service number 1093
Lance Corporal
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jan 1894

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