Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (WW2)

To conclude my previous post on Egypt’s V.C burials  we shall now look at the holders of the remaining five awards cited during the course of the Western Desert campaigns of WW2, the recipients being three members of the Australian Infantry, a member of the Durham Light Infantry and a member of the General Staff. WX10426 Private Percival Eric Gratwick V.C Date of Death: Between … Continue reading Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (WW2)

Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (The Great War)

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded to members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth and previous British territories for acts of extreme bravery carried out under direct enemy fire. It is first in the order of wear in the United Kingdom’s honours system and may be awarded to a person of any military rank in any service and to civilians under military command. The VC is usually presented to … Continue reading Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (The Great War)

‘The Last Journey of a Gallant Soldier’ Brigadier Arthur Harry Langham Godfrey DSO, MC, ED (El Alamein War Cemetery)

Whilst browsing the Australian War Memorial I came across a striking image – a photograph entitled ‘The last journey of a Gallant Soldier’ showing the body of Brigadier Arthur Harry Langham Godfrey en route to the cemetery at El Alamein in November 1942. The body of Brigadier Godfrey en route to the cemetery at El Alamein (Image Source: The Australian War Memorial, 050013 refers)  Godfrey was remembered as ‘happy … Continue reading ‘The Last Journey of a Gallant Soldier’ Brigadier Arthur Harry Langham Godfrey DSO, MC, ED (El Alamein War Cemetery)

Viscount David Andrew Noel Stuart (Alamein Memorial – Column 19)

Viscount David Andrew Noel Stuart was the son of Arthur Stuart, M.C., 7th Earl Castle Stewart, and Eleanor the Countess Castle Stewart, of Nutley, Sussex, and Stewartstown, County Tyrone. Viscount Stuart received his education at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied Languages prior to joining the service. He joined the 11th Hussars on 15th July 1942 and was described as a fine and … Continue reading Viscount David Andrew Noel Stuart (Alamein Memorial – Column 19)

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd C M G, D S O and Bar (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

‘To my darling sister “Minnie” from Tom’ studio portrait of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas John Todd, State Library of New Zealand  Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas John Todd, a 41 year old Accountant and Boer War veteran from Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia, enlisted on the 2nd October 1914 into the 10th Light Horse Regiment. The 10th Light Horse  embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia aboard HMAT A47 Mashobra on the 8th … Continue reading Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd C M G, D S O and Bar (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

Lieutenant Colonel William Albert Hazel CBE (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

Albert William Hazel, a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford was a long-served Inspector of the Egyptian Civil Service who was awarded the 3rd Class of the Turkish Order of Medjidie sometime prior to the Great War. Granted the local rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the latter conflict, he was awarded the 3rd Class of the Egyptian Order of the Nile for his ‘valuable services’ (London Gazette … Continue reading Lieutenant Colonel William Albert Hazel CBE (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

Major Herbert Bowen Hamlin DSO (Ismalia War Memorial Cemetery)

Herbert Bowen Hamlin, a Surveyors Assistant, of Narrogin, WA enlisted on the 28th October 1914 into the 10th Australian Light Horse. He embarked from Fremantle on HMAT Surada on 17 February 1915 with 204 men and 230 horses bound for Egypt. Studio portrait of Major Herbert Bowen Hamlin DSO, The Australian War Memorial, H00050A refers After arriving in Egypt in March 1915 the 10th Light Horse … Continue reading Major Herbert Bowen Hamlin DSO (Ismalia War Memorial Cemetery)

Casualty Biographies and the work of the CWGC in Egypt

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains 33 sites in Egypt commemorating the lives of over 42,000 servicemen and women in perpetuity. At the outbreak of the First World War, Cairo was headquarters to the United Kingdom garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915 and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine. General Headquarters, … Continue reading Casualty Biographies and the work of the CWGC in Egypt