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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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ANDERSON, Raymond Keith

Service number WX3
Lieutenant Colonel
Born 22 Jun 1901

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COWLEY, Errol Claude

Service number 135
Sergeant
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 3 Mar 1896

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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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BINGHAM, Owen Ernest Hugh

Service number 373
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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SMITH, George Achilles

Service number OFFICER
Captain
3 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
AIF WW1
Born 4 May 1882

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ROBERTSON, Francis James Kearsey

Service number 1688
Private
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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MACKENZIE, Norman Dundonnell

Service number 1351
Trooper
7th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1892

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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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