ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

 

 

 

 

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Location Information

Chatby is a district on the eastern side of the city of Alexandria, between the main dual carriageway to Aboukir (known as Al Horaya) and the sea.

The Cemetery is located centrally within the main Alexandria Cemetery complex, which is bordered by Al Horaya on the south and the electric tramway which is parallel with Sharia Champollion on the north. Visitors can reach the entrance to the cemetery along the road Sharia Anubis, which lies centrally north/south through the cemetery area.

This cemetery has a central front entrance building with a metal gate/grill secured archway leading into it from two small grassed areas which form part of the roadside in front of the cemetery, which is bounded by a rendered wall.

Visiting Information

The Cemetery is open Saturday to Thursday 0730 to 1430. The cemetery is kept locked outside of these hours.

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


Historical Information

Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery (originally the Garrison cemetery) was used for burials until April 1916, when a new cemetery was opened at Hadra. Thereafter, burials at Chatby were infrequent, although some graves were brought into the cemetery after the war from other burial grounds in the area.

During the Second World War, 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 also the communications centre for the middle and near east and became the headquarters of the Military Police.

There are now 2,259 First World War burials in the cemetery and 503 from the Second World War. The cemetery also 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 the First World War and have no other grave but the sea. Many of them were lost when hospital ships or transports were sunk in the Mediterranean, sailing to or from Alexandria. Others died of wounds or sickness while aboard such vessels and were buried at sea.


 

236 Private

Walter Burgin

2nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

21st May 1915.

Plot M. 145.

 

 

2657 Private

 Arthur Allen
 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Dysentry 9th August 1915, aged 29.

Row J. 125.


Lived at 2 Hartley Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

2582 Private

James Anyon
1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 6th March 1916,

aged 26.

Row E. 46.

 

Husband of Elizabeth Anyon, of 9, Hartington St., Brierfield.

 

 

 

228 Private

James Robert Blakey
 1st Australian Army
Died of Wounds 2nd May 1915,

aged 23.

Row C. 163.

 

Son of John Henry and Margaret Ann Blakey, of 17, Hollingreave Rd., Burnley, England.

 

 

T2/12838 Driver

Thomas William Boak
Army Service Corps 29th Res Park
Died 22nd August 1915,

aged 36.

Row K. 70.

 

Husband of B. Boak, of 70, Calder Vale Rd., Burnley. Born at Penrith.

 

 

 

6135 Private

John Burke
6th East Lancashire Regiment
26th August 1915, aged 35.

Plot J. 35.

 

Son of Patrick and Mary Burke. Born at Burnley. Formerly lived at 3 Shaw Street, later in South Africa

 

 

837 Private

Joseph Hilton Cumberland

 2nd Bn. Australian Infantry,

A. I. F.

5th May 1915, aged 21.

Plot C. 173.

 

Died of wounds received at Gallipoli, brother of Oliver  who is buried at Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac

 

Son of the late George A. and Sarah Cumberland. Born at Scone, New South Wales.

 

Picture courtesy of Harry Willey

 

 

 

1470 Lance/Corporal

 Richard Eddlestone
1/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
13th November 1915, aged 21.

Plot A.11.


Lived at 37 Red Lion Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

Second Lieutenant

Edward Roland Egan

2nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

14th August 1915.

Plot Q. 487.

 

Son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Egan, of Kempsey, New South Wales. Born at Tenterfield, New South Wales.

 

 

2099 Private

 Hartley Rushton
1/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Died 15th July 1915.

Plot M.8.


Lived at Nickles Street, Colne, Lancashire.

 

 enlisted Burnley

 

 

9851 Private

Archie Stacey
1st Bn. Border Regiment
13th May 1915, aged 24.

Plot H. 86.


Lived on Hargher Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

 

5612 Private

Andrew Christopher Thompson

Australian Army Service Corps

4th A. S. Coy

Died of wounds 13th December 1915,

aged 19.

Plot G. 1.

 

Son of W. D. and Rosetta Thompson, of Kent St., Hawthorn, South Australia. Born at Nangkita.

 

Remembered by Cass Angus (nee Thompson)

 

 

17891 Private

James William Broadley

9th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

10th October 1915, aged 18.

D. 109.

 

 

Son of Charles Henry and Lucy Broadley, of Reins Cottage, Honley, Huddersfield. Born at Cleckheaton.

 

Picture and article courtesy of Gordon Hodgson

 

 

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