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Iraq have so many cemeteries for the foreign soldiers who fought and dead inside Iraq during WW1 and WW2 such as British, Indians, Germans and Turkish.

in 2018 I have visited and documented  a very famous commonwealth’s graveyard which located in east of Baghdad..

The cemetery contains the grave of the commander of the Mesopotamia Military campaign, General Frederick Stanley Maude, who died of cholera eight months later after the successful of occupied  the Mesopotamia (later Iraq).

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regards 

 

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Thank you for taking the time and effort to share.

 

There are many men ‘local to me’ at rest in that cemetery.

T

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Ahmed

 

Excellent photographs thank you for sharing.

 

Ian

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Superb photographs and a timely reminder of an often forgotten front. Remembering the 43rd Light Infantry at Kut.

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4 minutes ago, johntanner said:

Remembering the 43rd Light Infantry at Kut.

Remembering also those other British and Indian infantry and support units. I had not previously seen a photo of the inscription:

  .. perished during the march from Kut or in the prison camps of Anatolia.  These are they who came out of great tribulation.

 

Charlie

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A download of casualties commemorated in Iraq from CWGC records 51,113 casualties. The huge sacrifice from  India can be seen.

 

India 34,502
UK 16,547
Australia 45
New Zealand 12
Russia 6
Canada 1
  51,113
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2 hours ago, caulkheader said:

Thank you for taking the time and effort to share.

 

There are many men ‘local to me’ at rest in that cemetery.

T

Thank you for your appreciation.. perhaps in future you will get a chance to visit Baghdad then you can visit the cemetery as many British soldiers did that in 2003

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1 hour ago, johntanner said:

Superb photographs and a timely reminder of an often forgotten front. Remembering the 43rd Light Infantry at Kut.

Thank you for your interesting..

Kut battle one of important battles during WW1..by the way there are 2 graveyards inside Kut city one belong to commonwealth’s soldiers and other for Turkish’s soldiers. 

2 hours ago, ianjonesncl said:

Ahmed

 

Excellent photographs thank you for sharing.

 

Ian

Thank you lan for your interesting and appreciating ..

regard 

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12 minutes ago, ianjonesncl said:

A download of casualties commemorated in Iraq from CWGC records 51,113 casualties. The huge sacrifice from  India can be seen.

 

India 34,502
UK 16,547
Australia 45
New Zealand 12
Rssia 6
Canada 1
  51,113

Thank 

Yes most of Mesopotamia campaign’s soldiers are Indians (Hindu, Muslim and Sikhs).this memorial for these soldiers in different languages.

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Thanks indeed.

 

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Ahmed, thanks for posting these photos. One of the casualties from my village is buried in that cemetery and I have attached a photo of his grave taken soon after his burial which was sent to his family. 

 

Best wishes

 

Robin

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Oh my god..

it’s very important photo..document that moment..

thank you very much for sharing this 

5 hours ago, keithmroberts said:

Thanks indeed.

 

U welcome 

15 hours ago, dickaren said:

Thanks Ahmed,

Good to see photo's from this forgotten area of WW1

Richard

I’m happy for your interesting 

regard 

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4 hours ago, Robin Garrett said:

One of the casualties from my village is buried in that cemetery

I should have said he was Sapper William Bristow of 72 Squadron, Royal Engineers, died on 9th September 1918. Ahmed, I would be very grateful for a picture of the grave, as I am still in touch with his family, if you were able take one for me. The Grave Reference is XI.C.6

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1 hour ago, Robin Garrett said:

I should have said he was Sapper William Bristow of 72 Squadron, Royal Engineers, died on 9th September 1918. Ahmed, I would be very grateful for a picture of the grave, as I am still in touch with his family, if you were able take one for me. The Grave Reference is XI.C.6

Mr.Robin unfortunately now I’m out of Iraq ,but I can promise you whenever I visit Baghdad maybe next year or another, I will take a photo for the grave so you can send it to his family.

regard 

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16 hours ago, Ahmed1984 said:

I will take a photo for the grave

Ahmed - thank you very much, No hurry at all.

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Amazing photos. I know I will never get to see the place where my great-uncle Willie Eckersley is buried but it is so heartening to see the site in its surroundings. Can you confirm whether or not the site was improved in 2019 please? I heard that an effort was being made after several sites had been destroyed by Sadam H. I have some photos of Baghdad before the plundering from my friend Regina who was born there (sadly passed) and copies of the Assyrian Observer which she left me. 

If you ever return to Iraq, could you take a snap of the memorial X1X.L.2 in the North Gate cemetery for Private 16275 William (his Sunday name) Eckersley of 1/6th South Lanacashire Regiment, who died of his wounds at Adhaim on 21 April 1917?   Thank you.   Christine Booth 

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Thank you for sharing these photographs; wonderful to see the place.

 

Andrew

 

 

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You have Ahmed to thank for these photos not me.  I have a number of pics of the Mesopotamian campaign in my new book 'Bends of the River' relating to the River Tigris of course! The Norfolk Regimental museum also has a great album of contemporaneous photos of the early years taken by a 'gentleman' photographer named Northcote.

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