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CWGC Commemoration: FESTING-SMITH, Patrick De Courcey


Media TitleCWGC Commemoration: FESTING-SMITH, Patrick De Courcey
Media NotesPatrick was a Squadron Leader with the Royal Air Force
Owner/Source© Commonwealth War Graves Commission
DateAdded 28 Nov 2012
Linked toPatrick de Courcy Festing-Smith (Burial)

Khartoum War Cemetery, Khartoum, Sudan

Notes: The cemetery is entered from the north through wrought-iron gates flanked by piers of Travertine. On the left-hand pier is a bronze register box. Sited axially on the entrance is the Cross of Sacrifice from which is glimpsed the Khartoum Memorial (covered in a separate Register).

On the eastern boundary of the cemetery is a memorial originally erected in Suakin Cemetery by the Brigade of Guards in honour of their comrades who fell in the 1885-1886 campaign. There are also 2 special memorials commemorating 16 soldiers of the Shropshire Regiment who died in 1885 and were buried in Suakin Cemetery but whose graves could not subsequently be located.

22 special memorial headstones commemorate United Kingdom soldiers who died prior to the 1914-1918 War and whose graves at Amadi, Wadi Halfa, Jubi and Suakin are now lost. 20 other special memorial headstones commemorate 10 East African soldiers buried at Juba Christian Cemetery, 5 East African and 1 South African soldier buried at Kosti Christian Cemetery, 2 East African and 1 United Kingdom soldier buried at Sennar Christian Cemetery and 1 Belgian soldier buried at El Obeid Christian Cemetery, whose graves are now lost.

Originally burials of both the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 Wars were made in outlying parts of the Sudan, but in 1960 the graves were removed to the new war cemetery, for which the Sudan Government generously made available an additional piece of land adjoining the existing war graves plot in Khartoum. Other graves, including those of soldiers and civilians who died before and in between the two wars, were also concentrated into Khartoum War Cemetery from several burial places in the Sudan.

There are 73 Commonwealth commemorations of the 1914-1918 war and a further 322 of the 1939-1945 war. There are over 400 Non World War commemorations.
(Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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