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Location Information

Gaza is 3 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast, 65 kilometres south-west of Tel Aviv. From Israel stop at the Erez Crossing point and enter the VIP cabin for a pass to enter Gaza. Walk through "no man's land" to the taxis on the other side. Gaza War Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres north-east of the city near the Bureir Road and 370 metres from the railway station.

The Cemetery is approximately 8 kilometres to the left of the main dual carriageway, Highway 250 through Gaza, and is about 200 metres back from the road through an avenue of trees.

Alternatively, turn left off the highway after 4 kilometres, continuing with Highway 4 until Sha'arei Aza junction and turn right, then turn right into Gaza proper, heading back towards the border. In this direction the cemetery will be found on the right hand side after approximately 3 kilometres.

Visiting Information
Visitors are strongly advised to seek travel advice from their Embassy or Consulate before travelling to Gaza.

Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.

Historical Information

Gaza was bombarded by French warships in April 1915. At the end of March 1917, it was attacked and surrounded by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the First Battle of Gaza, but the attack was broken off when Turkish reinforcements appeared. The Second Battle of Gaza, 17-19 April, left the Turks in possession and the Third Battle of Gaza, begun on 27 October, ended with the capture of the ruined and deserted city on 7 November 1917. Casualty Clearing Stations arrived later that month and General and Stationary hospitals in 1918.

Some of the earliest burials were made by the troops that captured the city. About two-thirds of the total were brought into the cemetery from the battlefields after the Armistice. The remainder were made by medical units after the Third Battle of Gaza, or, in some cases, represent reburials from the battlefields by the troops who captured the city. Of the British Soldiers, the great majority belong to the 52nd (Lowland), the 53rd (Welsh), the 54th (East Anglian) and the 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions.

During the Second World War, Gaza was an Australian hospital base, and the AIF Headquarters were posted there. Among the military hospitals in Gaza were 2/1st Australian General Hospital, 2/6th Australian General Hospital, 8th Australian Special Hospital, and from July 1943 until May 1945, 91 British General Hospital. There was a Royal Air Force aerodrome at Gaza, which was considerably developed from 1941 onwards.

Gaza War Cemetery contains 3,217 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 781 of them unidentified. Second World War burials number 210. There are also 30 post war burials and 234 war graves of other nationalities.

Victoria Cross Recipients


Rank: Second Lieutenant, Date of Death: 04/12/1917, Age: 21, Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st/4th Bn. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference XX. A. 1.,Son of Mrs. Lucy Boughey, of Yew Tree Farm, Hurleston, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 12th February, 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. When the enemy in large numbers had managed to crawl up to within 30 yards of our firing line, and with bombs and automatic rifles were keeping down the fire of our machine guns, he rushed forward alone with bombs right up to the enemy, doing great execution and causing the surrender of a party of 30. As he turned to go back for more bombs he was mortally wounded at the moment when the enemy were surrendering.

202860 Private

 Harry Chadwick
1/4th Bn. Norfolk Regiment
19th April 1917.

Plot XXX. F. 14.

Lived at 35 Parkinson Street, Burnley, Lancashire.



61766 Private

G. W. Davies

2nd/1st East Anglian Field Amb

Royal Army Medical Corps

20th July 1917, aged 31.

Plot VII. G. 3.


Son of William and Martha Davies, of Bryn Hywel, Efailwen, Clynderwen; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Davies, of 29, King Edward St., Blarngarw, Glam.



104658 Private

Fred Dewhurst

2nd/1st East Anglian Field Amb

Royal Army Medical Corps

20th July 1917, aged 27.

Plot VII. G. 2.


Son of John and Elizabeth Dewhurst, of Nelson, Lancs.



203177 Private

 Arthur Jackson
1/4th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Formerly 11056 East Lancs and 28796 Liverpools
19th April 1917.

Plot VI. B. 9.


Lived at 4 Emily Street, Burnley, Lancashire




205051 Corporal

George Francis Perkins

1st/1st Bn. Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars

14/11/1917, aged 25.

Plot X. E. 10.


Husband of Margaret Nellie Perkins, of Myrtle Cottage, Terriers, High Wycombe, Bucks. Born at Terriers, High Wycombe, Bucks.


Image courtesy of great grandson, Christian Perkins


45916 Private

 Archibald McNaught Stevenson

 1st & 4th Bn., Royal Scots

2nd November 1917.

Plot XXVI. A. 16.


Remembered by his Granddaughter, Mary Anne Stevenson from Fremantle, Western Australia




 Edward Swainston
Royal Engineers W Corps Signal Coy
Formerly Border Regiment
Killed by lightning

12th November 1917, aged 22.

Plot XXV. A. 7.

Lived at 11 Charlotte Street, Burnley, Lancashire.




200236 Private

Percy Thurlow

1st/5th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment

20th July 1917.

Plot XXX. A. 4.



451235 Rifleman

Robert Wale

11th Bn. London Regiment

(Finsbury Rifles)

19th April 1917.

Plot XIV. E. 12.


My Father (Charles Gray) was always very conscious that he had been lucky enough to survive while Robert his great friend with whom he had farmed in Devon and enjoyed village events was killed.


Remembered by the daughter of Charles Gray, Doreen Weeks.




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