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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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BOLT, Allen Christopher

Service number 2992
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 28 May 1872

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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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BAX, Murray Charles

Service number 107
Lance Corporal
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 24 Mar 1887

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CURRAN, Francis Patrick

Service number 859
Corporal
7th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 24 May 1886

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PIX, Henry Richard Alfred

Service number 179
Lance Corporal
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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DAVIS, Perry Thomas

Service number 760
Private
11th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 30 Nov 1894

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DUELL, John

Service number 2307
Private
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1 Jan 1895

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TUCKEY, Michael

Service number 1467
Trooper
1st Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jun 1896

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