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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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KEMP, William

Service number 2952
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1

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TAYLOR, Tom Braithwaite

Service number 1510
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 19 Nov 1890

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INGLIS, Fred

Service number 4651
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 26 Jul 1887

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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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TUCKEY, Michael

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

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PEARCE, Norman Matthew

Service number Officer
Captain
6th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 6 Jan 1881

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HOLMES, Philip Gordon

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

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GADEN, Stuart Courtney

Service number 1480
Trooper
7th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jul 1893

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