FREETOWN MEMORIAL

 

 

Freetown

 

 

Sierra Leone

 

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Picture used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

 

Location Information

The Freetown Memorial is located outside the Secretariat Building in the centre of Freetown.

 

Historical Information

The West Africans who died whilst serving with the Royal West African Frontier Force in West Africa, whose graves are not known, or are unmaintainable, are commemorated by name on memorials in the countries of their enlistment: men of Sierra Leone at Freetown, Nigerians at Lagos, men of Ghana at Accra, and of Gambia at Bathurst (now Banjul).

The Freetown Memorial commemorates 1,109 First World War casualties and 247 from the Second World War.

Shot at Dawn:

2479 Private Fatoma, West African Regiment, executed for cowardice 19/07/1915.

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

 

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