cemetery is in Sadat Street, about 1.5 kilometres from the Old Cateract
Hotel. It is maintained by the CWGC and apart from military burials
contains over 200 civilian graves.
inside the gate is a plaque dedicated “to the memory of British
soldiers who died between 1883 and 1910 and British civilians who
died between 1886 and 1942 and who were buried in this and other
cemeteries in Egypt.”
There is one grave from the First World War - Private W G Pearce
of the 1st Garrison Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died
in July 1917. This battalion formed at Weymouth in August 1915 and
went to Egypt, where it remained throughout the war.
There are also twenty-one graves from the Second World War.
are a number of burials dating from the 1880s, the period when British
troops seized and garrisoned Egypt to protect the vital Suez Canal
route to India. In 1884 Major Horatio Kitchener came to Aswan on
his way to reconnoitre the route for Sir Garnet Wolseley’s
force marching to the relief of Khartoum.
man who may well have seen Kitchener was QMS Charles Barker, a Staff
clerk, who died at Aswan on 13 June 1886 and is buried here. Around
him lie Privates 1870 Harry Pears of A Company 1st Battalion, the
Buffs, Enoch Hurst of B Company and Private 119 James Hanlon of
the 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. They died in 1886 and 1888,
probably of disease.
The cemetery is open Saturday to Thursday 7.00am - 12.00 and the
CWGC gardener is present during these hours.
Copyight © Andy Pepper 2008