KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY
Pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Kantara War Memorial Cemetery is situated at Kantara East on the eastern
side of the Suez Canal, 160 kilometres north-east of Cairo and 50 kilometres
south of Port Said.
The cemetery is open Saturday to Thursday, 07.30 to 14.30.
In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point
in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of
the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara
developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in
February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until
late 1920. After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when
graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields, notably
those at Rumani, Qatia, El Arish and Rafa.
Shot at Dawn: 4881 Private H. A. Clarke, 2nd Bn. British West Indies Regiment, executed for striking a senior officer 11/08/1917.
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.
Victoria Cross Recipient
Rank: Private, Service No: 203329, Date of Death: 04/11/1918, Age: 33, Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment 1st/5th Bn. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference E. 181., Son of Septimus and Mary Needham, of Grimsby.
Citation: An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30982, dated 29th Oct., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when with a strong patrol which was heavily attacked by the enemy and forced back in confusion. At this critical moment Pte. Needham ran back and fired rapidly at a body of the enemy at point-blank range. His action checked the enemy and enabled the patrol commander to reorganise his men. The patrol had many casualties, but successfully got back all their wounded, and it was due to the action of individuals, of which this is the most outstanding, that the entire patrol was not cut off. Pte. Needham's example was of the greatest value at a critical moment, and the bold and determined stand made by him did more than anything to inspire confidence, and undoubtedly saved a critical situation."
Plot D. 93.
Son of James Ellis Beamer, of 14, Roebuck St., Burnley.
Plot E. 383.
Son of Robert and Eva Crummett, of 86, Piccadilly Rd., Burnley.
302801 Lance Corporal
Plot C. 72.
Husband of Elizabeth Ellen Finnigan, of 170, Hollingreave Rd., Burnley.
700251 Shoeing Smith
Plot E. 325.
Husband of Annie Mary Pate, of 17, Barracks Rd., Burnley.
1st/7th Highland Light Infantry
14/08/1916 aged 22
William Wilson, my great uncle was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow to parents Tom and Jeannie Wilson. He was killed on 14th Aug 1916 at the age of 22 and lies in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He may have been killed at The Battle of Romani. Unfortunately there are not too many living relatives left in my family with any more info.
Remembered with pride and honour from his niece Christina Derry (nee Wilson) and great nephew Robert Derry.
Information and pictures courtesy of Robert Derry (Great Nephew)