War Graves North Africa(western Desert)

Discussion in 'North Africa & the Med' started by Kieron Hill, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi all,

    The following pictures are taken from a
    photo album that I purchased with some
    medals. This album contains 162 pictures
    of various subjects and interests of the
    campaign in North Africa.

    1st photo: Graves at Tobruk

    2nd photo: Church at Tobruk (windows blown out)

    3rd photo: El Daba grave yard (note the German helmet on the memorial)

    4th & 5th photo's: Graves at Mersa Matruh (it maybe hard to see from the scanned photo but there are shells round one of the graves, a large machine gun
    (any ideas what type of machine gun) laying on top anthoer and some propellars standing up on some others).

    I hope you like photo,s and honour, respect and appreciate the sacrifice that
    these men on both sides gave for their countries.

  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Great photos - thanks for sharing them. I particularly liked the one of the cemetery where shells and aerial bombs are being used as features on the graves! I wonder if they were de-activated or not!!?? o_O
  3. Faugh A Ballagh!

    Faugh A Ballagh! Junior Member


    Do you know the name of the original owner of the album and the unit with which he served? His service mirrors that of my late father who was a Gunner with 25 HAA Battery. I have some photos that are similar to those you displayed.

    Faugh A Ballagh!
  4. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi Faugh A Ballagh,

    The album belonged to Gunner R Bowtle who served
    with the 100th Light Anti Aircraft battery Royal Artillery
    Middle East Forces attached to the 56th London Division.
    A few more of his photos can be view on my website
    at www.eightharmy.ww2site.com

  5. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    A few more battlfield graves from North Africa
    which came from a recent collection I 've come

    Photo 1 = German grave note the artillery shells

    Photo2 = This one is very interesting, its of a pilot and his plane has been intomb
    as well you can see the fuselage sticking out at the back and the remains of the
    engine at the front.

    Photo 3 = A Polish pilots grave

    Photo 4 = A Polish memorial

    Photo 5 = The remains of a crashed plane with the grave of the pilot in front

    Photo 6 = German piolts grave

    Photo 7 = Graves at Tobruk you can make out who the two front graves belong to. So I did a search on the CWGC with the name Mansa Ram thinking that it was an unusual name...think again! thousands. I couldn't believe how many Indian's
    lost their lives during WW2. The other name was T Newal 6917446 something rifles
    unfortunately nothing came up.

    Photo 8 = German grave with the Afrika Corps sign made out of stones.

    Photo 9 = Cemetery at Capuzzo near to Fort Capuzzo

    "They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them
    Lest we forget."
  6. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    Fascinating shots. Thanks for sharing. :)
  7. harribobs

    harribobs Member

    Great photos, i have some similiar ones taken by my father, including a shot of the Polish Memorial ( at Tobruk, I believe)

    I have posted a couple of the others under a new thread to try to get a little more information
  8. salientpoints

    salientpoints Senior Member

    Its always great to see such good photos thanks for sharing
  9. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    Originally posted by harribobs@Jan 27 2005, 05:00 AM
    Great photos, i have some similiar ones taken by my father, including a shot of the Polish Memorial ( at Tobruk, I believe)

    I have posted a couple of the others under a new thread to try to get a little more information
    [post=30934]Quoted post[/post]
    That would likely be Tobruk. The Polish Carpathian Brigade was committed to action to relieve Australian troops at Tobruk when the 9th Australians were withdrawn from the besieged port in favor of the 70th British Division. The Poles initially did not honor the two-hour truce at Tobruk that the Aussies had with the Germans, to collect wounded and bring up water, as they hated the Germans for occupying their country. But the Poles soon realized the value to that gesture, and the two-hour truces resumed.
  10. harribobs

    harribobs Member

    Hi Kiwi


    i admit my information came from a little bit more first hand :)

    my fathers comments on the back of the photo!


  11. Milgeek

    Milgeek Member

    Here's a photo of a war grave my father took when one of his friends was killed in Derna, 1942.

    The caption on the rear of the photo was:

    "Bobby Moore, accidentally killed at Derna, 31st December 1942. Far from the Scotland he loved"

    *Click to super-size*

    War grave commission entry > here <


    Name: MOORE, ROBERT H.
    Initials: R H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps
    Unit Text: 39 Detail Issue Depot
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 31/12/1942
    Service No: S/10541813
    Additional information: Son of Adam and Mary Hanvidge Moore; husband of Janet Moore, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 8. D. 24.

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