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The Fajara War Cemetery, on Kairaba Avenue (Pipeline Road), has well manicured lawns and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. During World War 2, The Gambia, along with other British colonies in West Africa, was used as a landing and take-off site for aircraft flying to towards the North African and Middle East battle fronts. Bathurst was also used as a naval base. Sea vessels headed for the Far East, and India via South Africa used the port at Banjul.

There are 199 identified (4 unidentified) casualties of war, predominantly West African, but also Canadian, British and other nationalities, are interred here, their graves aligned in straight rows between well trimmed shrubs. A RWAFF Memorial Tablet also stands here in tribute to the 33 Gambians who served in the Royal West African Frontier Forces who died whilst serving in West Africa and whose graves are unknown or cannot be properly maintained. There are also 10 non-war service burials and 3 war graves of other nationalities.

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A searchable database of the names of those who are buried here plus their details is available in the Database section.

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Photographs Copyright © Neil Mallinson 2019

Last updated 4 January, 2021

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