Mikra British Cemetery is
situated in the Municipality of Kalamaria in the city of Thessaloniki just
off Konstantinou Karamanlis Street between the army camp of Ntalipi
(pronounced Dalipi) and the Kalamaria Greek Communal Cemetery.
From both the town centre and airport of Thessaloniki it is approximately
a 20 minute drive and can be accessed by first driving along Leoforos
Ethnikis Antistaseos highway then entering Makedonias Street and turning
right at the top of this road at the traffic lights. From there you enter
Konstantinou Karamanlis and the cemetery is approx 300 metres further on
your right and a CWGC sign is clearly visible.
The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.
For further information and enquiries please contact
At the invitation of the Greek Prime Minister, M.Venizelos, Salonika (now
Thessalonika) was occupied by three French Divisions and the 10th (Irish)
Division from Gallipoli in October 1915. Other French and Commonwealth
forces landed during the year and in the summer of 1916, they were joined
by Russian and Italian troops. In August 1916, a Greek revolution broke
out at Salonika, with the result that the Greek national army came into
the war on the Allied side.
The town was the base of the British Salonika Force and it contained, from
time to time, eighteen general and stationary hospitals. Three of these
hospitals were Canadian, although there were no other Canadian units in
The earliest Commonwealth burials took place in the local Protestant and
Roman Catholic cemeteries, and the Anglo-French (now Lembet Road) Military
Cemetery was used from November 1915 to October 1918. The British cemetery
at Mikra was opened in April 1917, remaining in use until 1920. The
cemetery was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought
in from a number of burial grounds in the area.
MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY now contains 1,810 Commonwealth burials of the
First World War, as well as 147 war graves of other nationalities.
Within the cemetery will be found the
MIKRA MEMORIAL, commemorating almost 500
nurses, officers and men of the Commonwealth forces who died when troop
transports and hospital ships were lost in the Mediterranean, and who have
no grave but the sea. They are commemorated here because others who went
down in the same vessels were washed ashore and identified, and are now
buried at Thessalonika.
Shot at Dawn:
P. J. Downey, 6th Leinster Regiment, executed for disobedience 27/12/1915.
The mass pardon of 306
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.
Army Service Corps 20th Horse Transport
Died of Malaria 7th February 1918, aged 23.
Lived at 6 Eastwood Street, Burnley,
Son of the
late William Benjamin and Sarah Marion Elizabeth Case, of Hill St., Poole.
Royal Garrison Artillery 153rd
Lived at 3 Reedley Road
Died 17th June 1918,
Joseph Dixon, of 3, Reedley Rd., Reedley, Burnley.
1918, aged 24.
Son of Annie
Morgan, of 8, Nelson Place West, Bath, Somerset, and the late Herbert
1st Bn. Royal
1916, aged 39.
Maretta Williams, of 16, Wyre Grove, Blackpool, Lancs.
3rd Bn. King's
Royal Rifle Corps
5th June 1917,
Son of John
Henry and Amy Florence Wilson, of 13, Guy St., Burnley, Lancashire.