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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 15:03    Onderwerp: WO I in Irak Reageer met quote

Het onderstaande bericht is uit 2003. Dus wellicht dat sommigen onder jullie deze foto’s al eens zijn tegengekomen. Maar toch.
The following pictures show Chief of Staff of Task Force Tarawa, Colonel Smoot, inspecting the neglected British Cemetery at Kut, to assess the needs for repair. This is one of 16 cemeteries and memorials remaining in Iraq from the Great War. I am most grateful to Patrick Mooney (whose brother sent him the pictures) for permission to place them here.





The cemetery suffered considerable damage and the location of an Iraqi HQ immediately adjacent to the site was primarily responsible, though it appears that NO graves were disturbed other than broken stones, etc. Task Force Tarawa, comprising 2nd and 8th Marine Regiments, is undertaking the clean up, and restoration of Kut CWGC Cemetery as an immediate act of homage for their own casualties. When volunteers were requested for extra duty to clean up and square away the cemetery, they were flooded with names and had to set up a rotating duty roster for the brigade.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 16:46    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

heel mooie bijdrage beste Ernst.

ik wist dat daar geovchten werd maar dat daar ok en begraafplaats lag wist ik niet. wat mij wel opvalt op de eerste foto is de beschrijving in krijt (?) op de muren.

nogmaals mooi

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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 17:31    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Related:


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d76_1192885005

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=33f_1177242844

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=7610





http://www.ww1cemeteries.co.uk/kutwarcem.htm















http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Overseas/IraqWW1GravesRecovery.html





http://www.stephenglain.com/photo_gallery.htm

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t1937.html

http://urbanoperations.8media.org/alkut.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/2957839.stm

http://u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?pt=n&id=31360

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2958143.stm

http://www.thecross-photo.com/Iraqi_men_lift_concrete_Cross.htm
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 17:58    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

mooie bijdrages Ernstige friedhof en vetje.
En ik vind het wel apart dat je een bijbelse spreuk (their name liveth for evermore) in Irak tegenkomt.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 19:21    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Klasse, Vetje. Ademloos gekeken.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 19:27    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

vetje een mooie bijdrage heb je daar afgeleverd makker
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 20:31    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Na het goede nieuws over de Al Amara cemetery (dat trouwens ook uit 2003 stamt) zag ik nog een mooi berichtje over
plichtsbetrachting:
On the way back BBC correspondent Alan Little, whose crew this was, suggested we make a little detour to the
North Gate War Cemetery, home to several thousand graves from the last time the British were a conquering force
in Mesopotamia.

Members of our party were all moved and impressed by the way Iraqis had looked after the site - given that the
British have very much been the enemy here since the 1991 Gulf War.
We wandered among the graves,
reading out some of the inscriptions.



A grave of a British soldier killed in Iraq (Mesopotamia) in 1917 at the North Gate War Cemetery

37870 Private A Middleton, Machine Gun Corps: 5 May 1917, Aged 27. "Peacefully he sleeps in a far off land."
A few attempts have been made to damage or steal headstones and monuments, but local residents keep the site under
lock and key to deter thieves and vandals.
Nor do they apparently receive any reward from the Imperial War Graves Commission - they just respect the place
and don't want it to be trashed.

"Do you think they will come from London now and make the gardens grow again?" says the man who had opened
the gate for us.

PS Ik heb inmiddels begrepen dat de 'ban'op het overbrengen van stoffelijke overschotten van gesneuvelde
soldaten naar Groot Brittannie opgeheven is tijdens de falkland oorlog. Britse soldaten die de dood vinden in Irak
worden dus niet in Irak bijgezet.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 20:50    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Over de slag, The Siege of Kut-al-Amara, 1916

http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/siegeofkut.htm

Over de slag, The Second Battle of Kut, 1916-17

http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/kut2.htm

Overzichtje

http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/mf.htm

Capture of Basra, Opened 5 November 1914
Battle of Qurna, Opened 3 December 1914
Battle of Shaiba, Opened 11 April 1915
Capture of Amara, Opened 31 May 1915
Battle of Nasiriyeh, Opened 27 June 1915
Capture of Kut-al-Amara, Opened 28 September 1915
Battle of Es Sinn, Opened 28 September 1915
Battle of Ctesiphon, Opened 2 November 1915
Siege of Kut-al-Amara, Opened 7 December 1915
Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad, Opened 6 January 1916
Battle of the Wadi, Opened 13 January 1916
Battle of Hanna, Opened 21 January 1916
Battle of Dujaila, Opened 8 March 1916
First Battle of Kut, Opened 5 April 1916
Battle of Khanaqin, Opened June 1916
Second Battle of Kut, Opened 13 December 1916
Battle of Khadairi Bend, Opened 9 January 1917
Battle of Nahr-al-Kalek, Opened 26 February 1917
Capture of Baghdad, Opened 11 March 1917
Samarrah Offensive, Opened 13 March 1917
Seizure of Falluja, Opened 19 March 1917
Battle of Jebel Hamlin, Opened 25 March 1917
Battle of Shiala, Opened 11 April 1917
Battle of Istabulat, Opened 21 April 1917
Battle of the Boot, Opened 30 April 1917
Battle of Ramadi, Opened 28 September 1917
Capture of Tikrit, Opened 5 November 1917
Battle of Sharqat, Opened 29 October 1918

Iraq WORLD WAR I AND THE BRITISH MANDATE

http://www.workmall.com/wfb2001/iraq/iraq_history_world_war_i_and_the_british_mandate.html
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:07    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

http://www.viewimages.com/Search.aspx?mid=56703978&epmid=1&partner=Google




An Intelligence Corps Lance Corporal
lays a wreath on the grave of an
Intelligence Corps Company Sergeant
Major killed in Iraq in 1947. 100 Intelligence Corps personnel
gathered for an act of remembrance on
31 May at a British cemetery
rediscovered at Basrah.


http://www.operations.mod.uk/telic/photo_gallery_general1.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2974111.stm





http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/weekinreview/09filkins.html?_r=1&oref=slogin



The US Military kindly helped one of our former Highlanders tidy up a vandalised British War Cemetery in Baghdad. Thanks guys!


http://www.cabarfeidh.com/2006/09/us-military-kindly-helped-one-of-our.html



http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4525.htm



Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Robison found this baptismal font amongst the weeds surrounding an Anglican church that Iraqis converted to a mosque.



A cemetery for British servicemembers — many who died fighting the Iraqis during World War II — lies in disrepair after having been long abandoned at Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq, a former British base. Old photographs show the large monument to the left of the picture with a cross on top of it and tall trees growing amongst the headstones.



The circle on the wall of the church used to be a stained-glass window, which was filled in with bricks.




This headstone of a British soldier is one of many that have been ripped up and broken.



Many of the crosses have been chipped away including this one above an arch at the entrance.

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=23535&archive=true

http://www.warren.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123030920
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:22    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

http://www.cwgc.org/plans/16-11%5CM001.GIF

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=69700&mode=1

http://www.cwgc.org/plans/4-84%5CTMP12.GIF[

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=57200&mode=1

http://www.cwgc.org/plans/4-84%5CM002.GIf

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=2038501&mode=1

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_Results.aspx?CemeteryName=basra&send.x=0&send.y=0

http://www.cwgc.org/plans/4-67%5CM002.GIF

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=57303&mode=1







http://www.diggerhistory2.info/graveyards/pages/others/baghdad.htm
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:27    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

EF en Vetje:
Prachtig informatief topic. Mag ook wel eens een keer gezegd worden. Smile
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:28    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Uit het Annual Report 2005-2006 van het CWGC liggen er in Irak begraven

13043 Identified
9376 Unindentified
249 Other nations
1165 Non war Graves
15 Burial grounds
41094 CW War dead crated on memorials
54137 Total CW War dead crated by name
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:28    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Mooi topic weer.

Wel triest om te zien hoe die graven er bij liggen.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:32    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Merlijn @ 22 Okt 2007 22:28 schreef:
Mooi topic weer.

Wel triest om te zien hoe die graven er bij liggen.


Daar heb je gelijk in. Maar het is Irak. Laten we blij zijn dat we hier in Europa tijd, eerbied en vooral geld genoeg hebben om die begraafplaatsen te onderhouden.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:33    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Tuurlijk er is ook oorlog en ik denk dat onder het regime van Sadam er ook niet veel aandacht aan besteed zal zijn.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Okt 2007 21:53    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Merlijn @ 22 Okt 2007 22:33 schreef:
Tuurlijk er is ook oorlog en ik denk dat onder het regime van Sadam er ook niet veel aandacht aan besteed zal zijn.

Als je naar de hoogte van het gras kijkt heb je vast gelijk....
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BerichtGeplaatst: 23 Okt 2007 11:45    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Inmiddels een mooie fotoverzameling geworden zo.

Gelukkig zien de meeste begraafplaatsen er veel beter uit dan dit...
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BerichtGeplaatst: 23 Okt 2007 11:59    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Mooi topic, een begraafplaats met geschiedenis.
Wat zouden deze graven de voorbije jaren nog beleefd hebben?
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BerichtGeplaatst: 23 Okt 2007 20:06    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Heel mooie topic!
Maar inderdaad heel triest te zien hoe het er nu bij ligt.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 23 Okt 2007 20:09    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Wat een schitterend topic geworden!
Dank jullie!

Hadden we recent hier niet een topic over die graven en dat ze er nu nog slechter bijlagen?
Misschien weet Patrick dat.
Of het was een item op tv, kan ook.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 23 Okt 2007 20:30    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Ik heb net wel op de CWGC site gezien dat ze gezien de politieke toestand in Irak ze totaal geen onderhoud van de sites meer doen.
Van zodra de toestand verbeterd gaan ze de zaak gaan bekijken wat er te doen staat aan herstel en onderhoud.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Okt 2007 7:23    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

THE CEMETERY, RAF HABBANIYA

http://www.habbaniya.org/Cemetery.html









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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Okt 2007 11:54    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote




Deze plaquette is een illustratie bij de Roll of Honour in de St. Paul’s in Bedford, UK, te bezoeken via deze link
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/BedfordStPaulsWorldWar1.html
Ik kwam daar op zoek naar het antwoord op de vraag wie er hier in Iraq begraven ligt.
Welnu op de plaquette staat:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF GODFREY HUGH ST PIERRE BUNBURY LIEUTENANT AND ACTING
CAPTAIN 15TH SIKHS WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN MESOPOTAMIA ON FEB 1ST 1917 WHEN ATTACHED TOT THE 36TH SIKHS AGED 22
Buried AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Ref. XXI. J. 19

(Terzijde dat is een zeer beroemd regiment, lees de Sikh History:Battle of Saragarhi, 1897
http://www.allaboutsikhs.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=810)

Volgende vraag is waarom en hoe sneuvelde hij. Wel dat moet in de slag aan de Hai River zijn geweest.
Daarover vond ik inderdaad een verhelderende site:

A Jewel All the Time

The third battalion of the Sikh Regiment (XLV Rattrays) was deployed in Mesopatamia (now Iraq) in 1917 during World War-I.
It was here on February 1, 1917, on the banks of Hai river, that the battalion displayed courage, unflinching valour and
made supreme sacrifice, a feat always recalled with pride
.
The Hai river, located in the Middle East, is an off-shoot of the Tigris river and connects the former to the Euphrates.
Based on the Hai river were successive rows of impregnable Turkish defences.
However, nothing could deter the Sikhs who at that time were led by a second generation Commanding Officer, Lt Col HB Rattrays.
The Turks let loose a heavy barrage on the battalion at the breath-neck speed. Despite that, the jawans of the Sikh Regiment
crushed and crippled the Turkish defences.
The victory became possible with heavy casualties. Out of eight British officers, 17 Indian officers and 562 other ranks
who participated in the attack, six British officers including the Commanding Officer, Lt Col HB Rattray, seven Indian officers,
154 other ranks were killed and 280 wounded.
Enemy toll too was heavy and their morale was shattered to smithereens. Next day, Hai river came under the control of Sikh Regiment.
The victory in the Battle of Hai is fondly cherished by the regiment which displayed exemplary valour and devotion to duty.
The battalion took over the operational responsibility in the present location on March 19 last year with the two primary
objectives of maintaining sanctity along the Line of Control (LoC) and fighting back cross-border terrorism.
Upholding the illustrious traditions and standards set by their forefathers, the battalion, in short duration of ten months, has managed
to eliminate 35 terrorists including foreign mercenaries.
It is a great pride and honour that Maj RR Kulkarni and Sub Bhajan Singh have brought glory to the regiment by being conferred
with Sena Medals for their bravery.
Another commendable feat is the successful repulsion of two raids (BAT action) on forward posts, causing heavy casualties to
the raiding party.
The third batallion celebrated its 146th Battle Honour Day (Battle of Hai) in February, this year.
To commemmorate this day, a number of functions were organised which included sainik sammelan, barakhana and a medical camp.
Various civil and Army dignitaries attended these celebrations.

De Slag aan de Hai River, 1 februari 1917, stond in het kader van de wraak om de verschrikkelijke eerdere nederlaag bij Kut.
De Britten wilden uiteindelijk naar Bagdad.
Maar daarvoor wilden of moesten zij eerst een Second battle of Kut uitvechten.
In de aanloop daarvan vond het gevecht aan de Hai plaats waarbij Bunbury (zie hierboven) het leven verloor.


Fall of Baghdad (1917)

Part of Mesopotamian Campaign

Diyala River, just below Baghdad, Mesopotamia (now Iraq)

Decisive British Victory.

Combatants: The Tigris Corps of India and Sixth Army of the Ottoman Empire

Commanders: Sir Frederick Stanley Maude and Khalil Pasha

Strength: 50,000 men versus 25,000 men

More than 9,000 were taken prisoner

Fao Landing – Basra – Qurna – Es Sinn – Ctesiphon – Umm-at-Tubal –1st Kut –Shiekh Sa'ad – Wadi – Hanna – Dujaila
– 2nd Kut – Baghdad – Samarrah Offensive – Jebel Hamlin – Istabulat – Ramadi – Sharqat

Baghdad was the southern capital of the Ottoman Empire in 1917.
While it had no strategic value to the British, its fall would be of some propaganda value.
After the disasters in the Mesopotamian Campaign during 1916, a victory was needed to restore British pride.
On March 11, 1917, the British army did capture Baghdad.
Arrival of General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude.
After the surrender of the Kut garrison on April 29, 1916, the British army in Mesopotamia underwent a major overhaul.
A new commander, Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Stanley Maude was given the job of restoring Britain's military reputation.
General Maude spent the rest of 1916 re-building his army.
Most of his troops were recruited in India and then sent by sea to Basra.
While these troops were being trained, British military engineers built a field railway from the coast up to Basra and beyond.
General Maude also obtained a small force of armed river boats and river supply ships.
The British launched their new campaign on December 13 1916.
The British had some 50,000 well trained and well equipped troops; it was called the Tigris Corps.
The Ottoman forces were smaller, perhaps around 25,000 strong under the overall command of Khalil Pasha.

General Maude's Army captures Kut, 1917.
There were no set-backs for the British on this campaign.
General Maude proceeded cautiously, advancing on both sides of the Tigris River.
He earned his nickname Systematic Joe.
The Ottoman forces contested a fortifed place called the Khadairi Bend which the British captured after two weeks of siege work
(January 6 to January 19 1917).
The British then had to force the Turks out of a strong defensive line along the Hai River.
This took them two more weeks (from January 25 till February 4). Another Ottoman position, called Dahra Bend, was taken
on February 16. Finally the British re-captured Kut on February 24 1917 (Second Battle of Kut).
The local Ottoman commander, Karabekir Bey, did not let his army become trapped in Kut like General Townshend had been
in the previous year.
But his forces were ground down by the constant battles and defeats – only 2,500 remained after Kut fell.
These linked up with the Baghdad garrison of some 10,000.

Baghdad. The march on Baghdad resumed on March 5 1917.
Three days later, Maude's corps reached the Diyala River on the outskirts of the city.
Khalil Pasha chose to defend Baghdad at the confluence of the Diyala River and the Tigris, some 35 miles south of Baghdad.
The Ottoman troops resisted the initial British assault on March 9.
General Maude then shifted the majority of his army north.
He believed that he could outflank the Ottoman positions and strike directly for Baghdad.
Khalil Pasha responded by shifting his army out of its defensive positions to mirror the move of the British on the other side of the river.
A single regiment was left to hold the original Diyala River defences and the British crushed this regiment with a sudden assault on
March 10 1917.
This sudden defeat unnerved Khalil Pasha and he ordered his army to retreat north to Baghdad.
The Ottoman authorities then ordered the evacuation of Baghdad at 8 p.m. on March 10. But the situation was rapidly moving
beyond Khalil Pasha's control, the British followed close on the heels of the Ottoman troops and they captured Baghdad without
a fight on March 11, 1917. Some 9,000 Ottoman troops were caught in the confusion and became prisoners of the British.
The British were worried that the Ottoman government might try to flood the Tigris plain.
As it happened, this fear was unfounded. The Turks never attempted to flood the area.

Entering the City. Official photo of General Maude's troops entering Baghdad, March 11, 1917.
The British troops were greeted with enthusiasm from the local population.
A week after the capture, General Maude issued the Proclamation of Baghdad which included the line:
"Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators."

Consequences. This was clearly a victory for the British and yet another defeat for the Ottoman government.
The humiliation for the British due to the loss of Kut had been at least partially rectified.
The Ottoman government was forced to end its military operations in Persia and try to build up a new army to prevent
the British from moving on to capture Mosul.
The capture of Baghdad, a provincial capital, also meant that the first Turkish province had fallen under British control.
Although this was good news, it caused a great deal of bureaucratic fighting between the British government in London
and the British government in India.
Once he captured Baghdad, Maude was the de facto Governor of Mesopotamia from Basra to Baghdad.
Sir Percy Cox, the Tigris Corps Political Officer, attempted to issue a proclamation stating that the province was under
joint British-Indian Administration. But London ordered Cox not to issue his proclamation, and came out with its own proclamation
asking Arab leaders to aid the British Administration.
At the same time, the Indian Colonial Government had different ideas. After all, they had been the prime movers behind the
Mesopotamia in the first place. The British government in India wanted this new area placed under their direct control.
This power struggle lead to the creation of the Mesopotamian Administration Committee under the leadership of Lord Curzon.
Its main task was to determine who would govern the Basra and Baghdad provinces. Its ruling was a British, not Anglo-Indian,
administration for Basra and an Arab authority for Baghdad.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Okt 2007 18:20    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

THE REMEMBRANCE PAGE

ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE & LAYING OF
WREATHS AT HABBANIYA TOOK PLACE
IN NOVEMBER 2005 AND 2006

The first Act of Remembrance and wreath laying for 47 years since the RAF were forced to leave in 1959
took place in the cemetery in November 2005 and this event was repeated on the 11th November 2006.


Your Hon Sec was in contact with Capt Jutta Cortes
USAF at Habbaniya in October 2005 and asked her
whether she would lay a wreath on Remembrance
Sunday. She considered it her service duty to
commemorate the dead in a fellow Air Force cemetery
with proper ceremony and dignity. As a result she carried
out, at personal danger from incoming insurgent mortars
and grenades, the clearing of rubbish, undergrowth and
fallen trees from the heavily vandalised and neglected
cemetery. Poppy wreaths from our Association and the
Kings Own Royal Regiment were sent out to Capt Cortes
together with the order of service and bugle calls for a
British Act of Remembrance.
















http://www.habbaniya.org/Remembrance.html



English Brig. Gen. Hugh B. Monro, the deputy commanding general of
Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, walks through
Habbaniyah Royal Air Force Cemetery reading the names of some
of the Servicemembers who are buried there.


http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7268&itemis=109
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The RAF cemetery is desperately in need of restoration







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Lost British graveyard found in Iraq


Lt Colonel Tim Collins reflects at the memorial
Prayers will be said on Easter Sunday
The Royal British Legion has welcomed news that a lost graveyard for World War I dead has been found in central Iraq.

The cemetery at Al Amara, built for those on the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, has been discovered by the banks of the Tigris river.

It was found by the Royal Irish Regiment, who on Easter Sunday will say prayers at the cemetery for those who died and for the current armed forces.

The site had been protected by its Iraqi keeper, who received death threats from Baath officials.

Hassan Hatif Moson, a 40-year-old father of seven, told the Daily Mail, in a pooled despatch from Iraq: "The old regime, they threatened my life and my job but I never gave up.

"I could not permit the graveyard to be ruined - local people have tried to break in here to drink late at night and also to steal the carvings.

"I always believed that one day the British would return."

'Good news'

The cemetery, which includes two Victoria Cross winners, was abandoned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission after the last Gulf War.

Jeremy Lillies, head of public affairs for the Royal British Legion, said: "This is very good news. It is extremely good to hear that this chap has stuck to his guns in the face of a great deal of intimidation to keep the place in as good order as he could do.

It is quite remarkable what Mr Hassan has achieved - this place has been better tended than some of the war graves in France
Lt Colonel Tim Collins
Royal Irish Regiment
"The good news now is that something can be done about it."

He said the Commonwealth War Graves Commission had a warehouse full of new headstones in Baghdad, but their distribution had been delayed by the war.

The headstones at Al Amara were plundered by an earlier Iraqi regime in 1937.

But Mr Hassan kept the memorial polished, saved the masonry from looters and cut the grass.

He worked without pay since the last Gulf war and kept all the documents relating to the graveyard since he took the keeper's job in 1977.

Graveyard keeper Hassan Hatif Moson
Mr Hassan protected the cemetery
That thoughtfulness will enable thousands of British families to trace the final resting place of their loved ones.

Royal Irish Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Tim Collins led a team of officers in search of the cemetery after hearing about it from local people.

He said: "It is quite remarkable what Mr Hassan has achieved - this place has been better tended than some of the war graves in France.

"He has shown great respect to the British and courage in the face of the Baath regime by carrying this burden of the empire."

The two Victoria Cross recipients are Royal Naval Lt Commander Edgar Cookson and Lt Colonel Edward Henderson of the North Staffordshire Regiment.

The condition of Al Amara was in contrast with another British military cemetery near Basra, which was found in a state of disrepair.

It contained hundreds of soldiers and officials who died over a series of campaigns from 1880 onwards.


Mr Hassan protected the cemetery



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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Okt 2007 18:39    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Airmen help restore sullied cemetery





To the right of the wall is a British cemetery located at Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq, as it looks today following the clean-up and maintenance efforts of Camp Habbaniyah personnel, including members of the 732nd Regional Support Unit Habbaniyah. To the left is a similar scene of what the volunteers faced when clean-up work began. (U.S. Air Force Photo/1st Lt. Landon Derentz)





Tech. Sgt. James Lovelace briefs his responsibilities as a civil engineer technician Nov. 27 to Brig. Gen. Robin Rand the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander at Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq. Sergeant Lovelace is with the 732nd Expeditionary Regional Support Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Landon Derentz

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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Okt 2007 18:52    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Iraq

* KARBALA ISOLATED GRAVE
* BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) (KHANAQIN) MEMORIAL
* BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1939-1945
* BAGHDAD CIVIL CEMETERY
* KUT WAR CEMETERY
* MA'ASKER AL RASCHID R.A.F. CEMETERY Non World War Dead
* MOSUL WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1914-1918 / 1939-1945
* BASRA (MAKINA) CIVIL CEMETERY
* BASRA (MAKINA) R.A.F. CEMETERY
* BASRA (TANOOMA CHINESE) MEMORIAL
* BASRA CREMATION MEMORIAL
* BASRA INDIAN FORCES CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1914-1918 / 1939-1945
* BASRA MEMORIAL
* BASRA WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1939-1945
* ALWIYA INDIAN WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1914-1918
* AMARA (LEFT BANK) INDIAN WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1914-1918
* AMARA WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1914-1918
* HABBANIYA MEMORIAL
* HABBANIYA WAR CEMETERY Commonwealth War Dead 1939-1945

http://www.purecollector.com/history/cwgc/RestofWorld.html
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BerichtGeplaatst: 13 Nov 2007 15:59    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote



Quote:
"An RAF Regiment gunner stops to pay his respects at the graves of British Servicemen from the nineteenth century, buried in Kabul's British cemetary"



Source; http://www.operations.mod.uk/
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Mooie foto's.
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http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Overseas/KutWarCemetery.html
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http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Overseas/KutWarCemetery.html
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BerichtGeplaatst: 31 Jul 2012 21:42    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Nieuws over de huidige status van de begraafplaats:

http://forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?p=371211#371211
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