Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery Back to Search

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Cemetery Details

Location Chatby, Alexandria, Egypt
Co‑ordinates N31.2058326, E29.9162164
Description

There are four cemeteries  / memorials in this vicinity that commemorate Commonwealth service personnel.  This is an extract from the CWGC site - see the CWGC page HERE (www.cwgc.org)  Other relevant links are listed in the sidebar.

CHATBY MILITARY & WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY (originally the Garrison cemetery) was used for burials until April 1916, when a new cemetery was opened at Hadra.   

Only 3 of Chatby’s 464 Australian WWI graves came after that time, although there are a further 47 Australian graves interred here from WWII.   After April 1916 burials were infrequent, yet some graves were brought into the cemetery, after the war, from other burial grounds in the area.

During WWII, Alexandria was again an important hospital centre, taking casualties from campaigns in the Western Desert, Greece, Crete, the Aegean Islands and the Mediterranean. Rest camps and hostels were also established there together with a powerful anti-aircraft base. Alexandria was the communications centre for the middle and near east and became the headquarters of the Military Police.

There are now 2,259 WWI burials in the cemetery and 503 from WWII.

The cemetery contains war graves of other nationalities and many non war and military graves, some of which date from 1882.

The CHATBY MEMORIAL stands at the eastern end of the cemetery and commemorates almost 1,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died during WWI and were lost when hospital ships or transports were sunk in the Mediterranean, sailing to or from Alexandria. Others died of wounds or sickness while onboard and were buried at sea.


Shot at Dawn: 494 Private N. Matthews, 3rd Bn. South African Infantry, executed for murder 03/04/1916, grave 3. This soldier was hanged and not executed by firing squad.

 

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  14 October 2014.  Lest we forget.

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POYNTON, William Henry

Service number 2100
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Nov 1888

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TURNER, Bassie

Service number 1185
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Jun 1890

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FRAMPTON, Walter John

Service number 648
Lance Sergeant
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Dec 1867

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FENNELL, Percy Edward Royal

Service number 2252
Private
3rd Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 8 Dec 1894

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BOURKE, David Christopher

Service number 1310
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1888

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MILLER, Donovan James

Service number 1067
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Mar 1891

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WALBURN, William Arthur

Service number 1637
Private
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Aug 1882

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TAYLOR, Richard Watt

Service number 790
Private
13th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1