Guards - Libya Cemeteries list

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    BENGHAZI WAR CEMETERY
    • Country: Libya
    • Locality: unspecified
    • Visiting Information: February 2011 NOTE: Visitors to Libya may wish to note that a major renovation programme is planned for a number of our cemeteries in the country. Headstones and other features, which have become eroded over time by the harsh climate, are scheduled for replacement. Further details will be made available shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience and we would respectfully ask visitors to be patient with us while this work is ongoing. Before considering a visit to Libya the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website: Travel advice by country Wheelchair access to the cemetery possible via main entrance.
    • Location Information: Benghazi is a seaport on the Mediterranean. The cemetery is about 7 kilometres south-east of Benghazi in the Fuihat area, about 300 metres from the childrens' hospital on the opposite side of the road. From the city centre take the road following the coast past the sports stadium. Approximately 2 kilometres beyond the stadium is a large roundabout with a flyover on to the Tripoli road. Turn left at this roundabout, and the War Cemetery is found 3 kilometres along this road on the left hand side. NB: Benghazi War Cemetery should not be confused with Benghazi British Military Cemetery passed after about 1 kilometre on the right side of the road.
    • Historical Information: Benghazi was an important goal for both Allies and Axis forces during the Western Desert campaigns of 1942 and 1943. There are now 1,214 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Benghazi War Cemetery. 163 of the burials are unidentified. Special memorials commemorate two casualties buried in Barce War Cemetery, whose graves could not be located. There are also 25 non Commonwealth burials here, 1 being an unidentified Greek soldier.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 1075

    1. CLARKE, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696773 29.12.1941
    2. 149136 John Galt CRITCHLEY, 2 Scots Guards Grave Reference: 8. F. 5. 27.12.1941
    3. DOUGLAS, DUNCAN JOHN D J SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695423 29.12.1941
    4. LAURIE, JAMES MATHIESON J M LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696615 27.12.1941
    5. MACKAY, RODERICK R LANCE CORPORAL - Scots Guards 2696643 07.01.1942
    6. MCCALL, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT - Scots Guards 2695616 28.12.1941
    7. NISBET, THOMAS HAY T H GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696868 28.12.1941
    8. PEEK, CHARLES FREDERICK C F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Grenadier Guards 2624729 06.04.1946
    9. POOL, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696519 31.12.1941
    10. STEWART, ROBERT R LANCE SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696624 27.12.1941
    11. STONE, SIDNEY JAMES S J SERJEANT "ATTD. ""L"" DET., S.A.S. BDE" Scots Guards 2692673 05.12.1941
    12. WARD, THOMAS ALAN T A LANCE SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2694995 28.12.1941
    13. WATSON, ALLAN GEORGE A G GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695799 07.01.1942
    14. WEBB, ALBERT EDWARD A E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2660221 17.06.1941
     
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    KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA
    • Country: Libya
    • Locality: unspecified
    • Visiting Information: February 2011 NOTE: Visitors to Libya may wish to note that a major renovation programme is planned for a number of our cemeteries in the country. Headstones and other features, which have become eroded over time by the harsh climate, are scheduled for replacement. Further details will be made available shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience and we would respectfully ask visitors to be patient with us while this work is ongoing. Before considering a visit to Libya the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website: Travel advice by country Wheelchair access to cemetery possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    • Location Information: Knightsbridge War Cemetery is located 750 metres south of the main road from Benghazi to Tobruk, about 25 kilometres west of Tobruk. Standing in open country, with the Cross of Sacrifice set high above the level of the cemetery, it is easily visible from the road and is reached via an unmade track branching off the main road.
    • Historical Information: The defence against Rommel's drive across Cyrenaica towards Suez consisted of a number of irregularly spaced strong points or 'boxes' linked by deep minefields. Those nearest the Axis forces were held by infantry, while those further back served as reserve static positions and as bases from which the armour could operate. The chief 'box', known as Knightsbridge, was round a junction of tracks about 20 kilometres west of Tobruk and 16 kilometres south of Acroma, commanding all the tracks by which supplies came up to the front. The Eighth Army's advance fuelling stations and airfields were at Acroma, El Adem, El Duda, Sidi Rezegh and Gambut, while by February 1941, Gazala aerodrome, taken from the Italians early in the campaign, housed two Commonwealth squadrons. Knightsbridge was thus a key position, and the pivot on which the armour manoeuvred during the heavy fighting which commenced in late May 1942. Fierce actions were fought at all these places, and a battlefield cemetery was created at each for the burial of the dead. The graves of many of those who gave their lives during the campaign in Libya were later gathered into Knightsbridge War Cemetery from the battlefield burial grounds and from scattered desert sites. The men who fought and died with them, but have no known grave, are commemorated on The Alamein Memorial which stands in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. There are now 3,651 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Knightsbridge War Cemetery. 993 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are 18 Non Commonwealth burials here, including 1 Polish soldier, and 1 non world war service burial.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 2676

    1. BALLANTINE DYKES, THOMAS LAMPLUGH T L MAJOR 2ND BN. Scots Guards 52488 13.06.1942
    2. BLAYLOCK, ARTHUR A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2659452 28.05.1942
    3. BRUIN, ARTHUR CHARLES A C LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696882 26.02.1942
    4. BRYCE, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696646 23.11.1941
    5. CLARKE, RAYMOND PEARSON R P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2658157 08.06.1942
    6. DAVIS, LEWIS CLARK L C GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2981539 10.12.1941
    7. DENTON, DOUGLAS D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2659245 19.06.1942
    8. 3054349 John EASTON, MiD, Scots Guards attached Long Range Desert Group 12.02.1941 Grave 8. F. 21.
    9. EDWARDS, ROBERT HARROLD R H GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695825 30.05.1942
    10. GRANT-WATSON, ROBERT DE MERVE LOW R D M L CAPTAIN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 56997 27.03.1942
    11. HILL, HARRY H GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696648 11.12.1941
    12. LIPTROT, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695471 10.12.1941
    13. LONGWORTH, THOMAS MORTON T M SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2694778 30.05.1942
    14. MARSDEN, SAMUEL S GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696184 13.06.1942
    15. MCMURDO, THOMAS (TOMMY) T GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695847 30.05.1942
    16. MCSORLEY, KENNETH CHARLES K C GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2697953 06.06.1942
    17. NESS, ANDREW A LANCE SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695694 13.06.1942
    18. NIMMO, PETER P GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695346 23.11.1941
    19. NISBET, FRANK JAMES DELVILLE F J D GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2694939 23.11.1941
    20. O'NEILL, EDWARD E LANCE SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695369 23.11.1941
    21. PATON, ALEXANDER DUNCAN A D GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2696547 10.12.1941
    22. PEACOCK, NICOL N GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695195 10.12.1941
    23. ROWLANDS, ARNOLD A LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2656968 27.05.1942
    24. SHARP, JAMES CLARKE J C LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696560 27.05.1942
    25. SMITH, ALEXANDER A GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2697711 26.05.1942
    26. WATTS, STANLEY HORACE S H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2658493 13.06.1942
    27. WILSON, WILLIAM DAVID W D LIEUTENANT 1ST BN. Grenadier Guards 51378 22.04.1942
     
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    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY
    • Country: Libya
    • Locality: unspecified
    • Visiting Information: February 2011 NOTE: Visitors to Libya may wish to note that a major renovation programme is planned for a number of our cemeteries in the country. Headstones and other features, which have become eroded over time by the harsh climate, are scheduled for replacement. Further details will be made available shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience and we would respectfully ask visitors to be patient with us while this work is ongoing. Before considering a visit to Libya the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website: Travel advice by country Tobruk War Cemetery is open from 08:00 - 17:00. During these times the gardeners are present in the cemetery. Wheelchair access to cemetery possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    • Location Information: Tobruk is a sea port on the Mediterranean coast. Leaving the port of Tobruk on the main road to Alexandria, Tobruk War Cemetery is located about 7 kilometres inland, set back about 100 metres along an access track branching from the left side of the road, and clearly visible from the road.
    • Historical Information: Tobruk is a Mediterranean port with an excellent deep water harbour. During the war it was important to Allied and Axis forces alike, for the reception of supplies and reinforcements. In January 1941, it was taken from the Italians by General Wavell's forces, and after the clearance of the demolitions in the harbour the port was usable and proved invaluable. When Rommel commenced his drive across Cyrenaica towards Suez it was deemed essential that Tobruk be held, and the resulting siege lasted from 11 April to 10 December 1941, when the Axis forces were driven back. They recovered far more quickly than was expected and by early February 1942, it was the Allies turn to fall back towards a line running southwards from Gazala to Bir Hakeim. Again orders were given to hold Tobruk, but it fell to Rommel on 21 June. It was retaken five months later by the Eighth Army in their final sweep along the North African coast into Tunisia. Tobruk War Cemetery incorporates the burial ground used during the siege and the memorial erected there at the time by the Australians has been replaced by a permanent memorial of similar design. Many battlefield graves in the desert have been brought into the cemetery. There are now 2,282 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Tobruk War Cemetery. 171 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 171 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish. The cemetery was designed by Sir J. Hubert Worthington, with some additional stone work provided by Sir Charles Wheeler.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 2308

    1. BEVAN, THOMAS T LIEUTENANT COLONEL CDG. 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 44445 12.06.1942
    2. BUTLER, ERNEST JOHN E J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 5565793 31.01.1942
    3. DONALDSON, DONALD BLUE D B DRUMMER 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2695577 31.05.1942
    4. GILLARD, SYDNEY S LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2657383 22.02.1942
    5. HARDY, WILLIAM JOSEPH W J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2661874 30.05.1942
    6. REID, ADAM HADDOW A H GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696613 15.03.1942
    7. THOMSON, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2697497 27.05.1942
     
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    TRIPOLI WAR CEMETERY
    • Country: Libya
    • Locality: unspecified
    • Visiting Information: February 2011 NOTE: Visitors to Libya may wish to note that a major renovation programme is planned for a number of our cemeteries in the country. Headstones and other features, which have become eroded over time by the harsh climate, are scheduled for replacement. Further details will be made available shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience and we would respectfully ask visitors to be patient with us while this work is ongoing. Before considering a visit to Libya the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website: Travel advice by country
    • Location Information: Tripoli Military Cemetery is co-located with Tripoli War Cemetery, within which it comprises Plots 50-52, adjacent to the eastern boundary wall. The Cemetery is in the Mansura district of Tripoli, 2.5 kilometres west of the city centre. It is located off the western end of Sharia Jamahuriya, close to the major roundabout at Bab Gargaresh. Access to the War and Military Cemeteries is via the now disused Italian Municipal Christian Cemetery. From the main gate of the municipal cemetery follow the avenue for about 100 metres to the small piazza with a crucifixion scene sculpture and turn left (east). The stepped entrance to the War Cemetery can then be seen 100 metres ahead. GPS Co-ordinates: N 32.88025, E 13.16315
    • Historical Information: During the North African campaign, Tripoli was an important Axis base until taken by Montgomery's forces on 23 January 1943. It then became a hospital centre, and the burials in the war cemetery were almost entirely from the hospitals, which included Nos 2, 48 and 133 General Hospitals from March 1943, and No 89 General Hospital from April 1944. Tripoli War Cemetery contains 1,369 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 133 of them unidentified. There are 19 non Commonwealth burials and 7 non world war service burials here.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 1262

    1. ABBOTT, PETER P LANCE CORPORAL 6TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2621156 17.09.1943
    2. BALL, REGINALD EDGAR R E GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2700582 30.09.1943
    3. CONNELLY, ROGER R SERJEANT 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696251 06.09.1943
    4. DORSIE, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2696224 05.11.1942
    5. EDMONDSON, FRANK F LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Scots Guards 4124450 03.11.1942
    6. EVITTS, HARRY H LANCE CORPORAL - Scots Guards 2695500 10.01.1942
    7. GORE, WILLIAM W WARRANT OFFICER CLASS II (C.S.M.) 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2694820 24.07.1943
    8. HARDY, PHILIP MORETON P M GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2695691 13.11.1942
    9. JONES, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2663423 15.11.1942
    10. JUKES, FREDERICK F GUARDSMAN 6TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2618602 04.05.1943
    11. MCLEAN, ALEXANDER A GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696515 09.09.1943
    12. MCSORLEY, RONALD VERNON R V GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 6848500 01.01.1942
    13. THOMSON, WILLIAM JOHN CORBETT W J C GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2696837 05.02.1942
    14. VENABLES, JOHN HUGH CRESWICKE J H C CAPTAIN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 156049 02.09.1943
    15. WATKINS, HARRY H GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Scots Guards 2698494 02.09.1943
     
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    MCSORLEY, RONALD VERNON R V GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 6848500 01.01.1942
    On the scouts roll honor he is listed as being a commando, any idea's?

    MCSORLEY, KENNETH CHARLES K C GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2697953 06.06.1942

    http://scoutsrecords.org/scoutsuploads/Second World War Roll of Honour A-R.pdf

    These two men were brothers and cousins to Guardsman David McSorley M.M. - Scots guards 2700557.
    Kennith and Ronald's father John was also in 2nd battalion Scots Guards during the first world war.

    Mathew McSorley the older brother of David McSorley M.M. Mathew also originally enlisted with the Scots Guards but was kicked out after his mother told them he had drank bleach as a child and had burnt his throat. He later joined the Irish Guards instead and told his mother he'd not come home if she had him kicked out of the irish guards as well.
    MCSORLEY, MATTHEW M LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. IRISH GUARDS 2722803 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
     

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