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 Basra Memorial, Maqil, Basra, Iraq


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Latitude: 30.96583420242113, Longitude: 47.13409423828125

Notes:
Until 1997 the Basra Memorial was located on the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil, on the west bank of the Shatt-al-Arab, about 8 kilometres north of Basra. Because of the sensitivity of the site, the Memorial was moved by presidential decree. The move, carried out by the authorities in Iraq, involved a considerable amount of manpower, transport costs and sheer engineering on their part, and the Memorial has been re-erected in its entirety. The Basra Memorial is now located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the first Gulf War.

The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known.


Cemetery Photos

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CWGC Basra Memorial, Iraq
CWGC Basra Memorial, Iraq
 
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CWGC Commemoration: BLUMFELD, Hubert Winterbotham
CWGC Commemoration: BLUMFELD, Hubert Winterbotham
 
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CWGC Commemoration: CLEAVER, Cyril Morrison (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: CLEAVER, Cyril Morrison (1916)
Serviceman No 17825, Cyril was serving in the 2nd Battalion, the Leicestershire Regiment when he was Killed in Action in Basra, Iraq, on 7 Jan 1916.

NB: As a result of the current political instability in Iraq, a temporary memorial and Roll of Honour is open to visitors at the CWGC in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. The photograph above, is of that Memorial. 


All Burials

 #   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Buried   Person ID   Tree 
1. Blumfeld, Hubert Winterbotham   bur. 25 Feb 1917 Basra Memorial, Maqil, Basra, Iraq Find all individuals with events at this location I22112 Winterbotham Families 
2. Cleaver, Cyril Morrison   bur. Aft 7 Jan 1916 Basra Memorial, Maqil, Basra, Iraq Find all individuals with events at this location I7741 Mitchell Families