KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY

 

 

 

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16542 Corporal

Lister Dracup
11th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
19th November 1916, aged 20.

Plot F. 1307.

Son of Abraham and Sarah Dracup, of 105, Hufling Lane, Burnley.

 

58506 Private

 George Frederick Graham
12th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
30th September 1918, aged 22

Plot C. 489.

 

Son of Frederick and Martha Graham, of 5, Whittlefield St., Burnley.

 

 

18176 Private

 Sam Metcalfe
9th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
28th April 1917, aged 26.

Plot E. 973.

 

Son of George William and Mary Elizabeth Metcalfe, of 4, Norman St., Burnley.

 

 

122418 Driver

 Ernest Riley
Royal Field Artillery
66th Small Arms Ammunition Column
Died of Malaria

22nd September 1916, aged 23.

Plot D. 699.

 

Son of William and Susan Louisa Riley, of 311, Briercliffe Rd., Burnley, Lancashire.

Location Information

Karasouli Military Cemetery is on the edge of the town of Polykastro (formerly Karasouli) which lies some 73 kilometres from Thessaloniki, between the River Axios (Vardas) and the south end of Lake Ardzan (now dry and replaced by a reservoir). The cemetery is behind the football stadium and is next to the Civil Cemetery.

Take the main highway north from Thessaloniki to Evzoni & Skopje. After approximately 70km take the exit signed Kilkis and Polykastro where you shall pick up the CWGC signs that shall lead you into Polykastro and to the cemetery.



Visiting Information

The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.

For further information and enquiries please contact enquiries@cwgc.org



Historical Information

The cemetery was begun in September 1916 for the use of casualty clearing stations on the Doiran front. At the Armistice, it contained about 500 burials but was greatly increased when graves were brought in from the following cemeteries:

HADZI BARI MAH MILITARY CEMETERY - graves transferred to Karasouli in April 1919.
Hadzi Bari Mah (also known as Haji Bari Mahalesi) is a village at the foot of the mountains 14 miles West of Lake Doiran, across the Vardar river. The Military Cemetery, South of the village, was in use only from the 25th August to the 17th September 1918. It contained 61 British and 2 Bulgar graves, and 46 of these were the graves of men of the 10th Hampshires and the 2nd Gloucesters who captured the enemy salient here on the 1st September.

CAUSSICA MILITARY CEMETERY - graves transferred to Karasouli in November 1920.
Caussica (also known as Chaushitsa) is a village in the marshes on the North side of Lake Ardzan. The Military Cemetery, begun in February 1917, contained 62 burials from Field Ambulances; but in February 1919, it was increased by the removal to it of four isolated graves and of those from the Military Cemeteries of:-
Senelle Ravine, a front line position between Doiran town and the Greek border, where the British cemetery contained 95 British graves.
Gugunci (properly Chuguntsi), a village about four miles North-East of Caussica, where between August 1916, and September 1918, the Field Ambulances buried 154 British soldiers.
Doldzeli (or La Tortue, or Torquay), a front-line cemetery a mile South West of Lake Doiran with 23 British graves.
Reselli (or Ereselli), a village three miles North-West of Caussica, where the 13th Manchesters began a cemetery of 31 British graves.
Kilindir (or Krundirtsi), a village with a railway junction three miles South of Lake Doiran, where 45 British soldiers were buried in two cemeteries.
Ardzan (Arjan, or Harajinovo), a village two miles West of Caussica, where the 12th Cheshires began a front-line cemetery of 22 British graves.

KALINOVA MILITARY CEMETERY - graves transferred to Karasouli in December 1920.
Kalinova is a village two miles North East of Caussica, at the foot of the hills which stand between Lakes Ardzan and Doiran. The Military Cemetery, used by Field Ambulances from October 1917, to September 1918, contained at the Armistice 52 British graves; but early in 1919 there were brought into it the British graves from the Military Cemeteries of-
Kalinova No.2 - 18 graves.
Rates, a village five miles South of Lake Doiran - 11 graves.
Cidemli, a village 2.5 miles to the North, where the small cemeteries of the 8th D.C.L.I. and the 117th Brigade, R.F.A., and two others contained 30 British graves.
Senelle Ravine, where 35 British soldiers were buried in the French Military Cemetery.
Horseshoe Hill, captured by the O.B.L.I. in August 1916, a cemetery on the Greco Serbian boundary which held 162 British graves and was largely used in the fighting of April 1917.
Pearse Ravine, a front line cemetery containing 74 British grave.
Whaleback, Worcester Post, Bastion Hill, Crow Hill, Kidney Hill, Scratchbury Hill, Christmas Ravine, Clichy and other points named from positions opposite the Petit Couronne and the Grand-Couronne, where 94 British soldiers in all were buried.

Karasouli Military Cemetery now contains 1,421 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 56 being unidentified.

Shot at Dawn:

S/5470 Private A. Brown, 10th Bn. Black Watch, executed for desertion 01/06/1917. Row A. 22.

13827 Lance Serjeant H. Ashton, 11th Bn. Cameronians, executed for desertion 08/07/1917. Row C. 487.

204232 Private R. Young, 11th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, executed for desertion 18/09/1918. Row D. 885.

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.

 

37152 Private

 John Ashworth
9th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
19th September 1918, aged 20.

Plot E. 1099.

 

Son of Joseph and Margaret Ashworth, of 46, Cleaver St., Burnley.

 

 

11825 Private

 Fred Brown
9th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
19th September 1916, aged 21.

Plot D. 754.

 

Lived at 26 Hallows Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

9/13449 Private

 Herbert Brown
9th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
28th April 1917.

Plot. E. 968.

 

Lived at 39 Hollingreave Road, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

28498 Corporal

John Thomas Cain

12th Bn. Cheshire Regiment

19th May 1917.

Plot E. 1184.

 

Left behind a wife and seven children

 

Remembered by his Granddaughter Denise Robertson (nee Cain)

 

 

204886 Private

Arthur Deeble
11th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
18th September 1918, aged 23.

Plot F. 1248.

 

Son of John and Sarah Ann Deeble, of 59, Cavour St., Burnley.

 

 

13771 Private

 George Fishwick

9th East Lancashire Regiment
14th September 1916, aged 26.

Plot D. 727.


Lived at 16 Holme Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

23005 Private

James Edward Kendall
9th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
4th June 1917.

Plot B. 390.


Lived at 12 River Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

29929 Serjeant

William Henry Ridge M.M & M.S.M

Royal Field Artillery

"C" Bty. 114th Bde.

17th September 1918, aged 28.

Plot E. 1083.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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