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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Names

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WALKER, John Milne

Service number 2238
Corporal
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Aug 1888

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RADBURN, Edward

Service number 477
Trooper
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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WILTSHIRE, Edgar Albert

Service number 233
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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LORD, Burton St Leger

Service number 2166
Private
2nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Jan 1893

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WENTFORD, Jack Frederick James

Service number 584
Trooper
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1

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SMILY, Percival Vernon

Service number 338
Sergeant
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 19 Apr 1893

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ROBBINS, Alfred Charles

Service number 580
Trooper
1st Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1880

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FOSTER, William Robert

Service number 1806
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1892