Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Armistice Day, Beersheva War Cemetery

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If Armistice Day had come just a bit earlier than November 11, 1918,  there would be mercifully fewer gravestones in Commonwealth cemeteries in the world.


Just in little Israel alone, thousands and thousands of foreign soldiers are buried or commemorated in British war cemeteries in Beer Sheva, Jerusalem, Ramla, Haifa, and Gaza.


The Beersheba War Cemetery contains 1,241 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 67 of them unidentified.




Among the crosses, a star of David for a British Jewish officer.

 More about the cemetery from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
By October 1917, General Allenby's force had been entrenched in front of a strong Turkish position along the Gaza-Beersheba road for some months, but they were now ready to launch an attack with Beersheba as its first objective. On 31 October, the attack was carried out by the XXth Corps . . . on the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the east. That evening the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charged over the Turkish trenches into the town.
The cemetery was made immediately on the fall of the town, remaining in use until July 1918, by which time 139 burials had been made.
It was greatly increased after the Armistice when burials were brought in from a number of scattered sites and small burial grounds.
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(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)
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7 comments:

William Kendall said...

A very peaceful and poignant place, Dina. Just right for November 11th.

Cloudia said...

Shalom

Hels said...

William, agreed.

A perfect and sad post for the 11th of November.

Fun60 said...

We must never forget thee sacrifices that were made by these men.

cieldequimper said...

This makes me so sad about curse of war...

Birdman said...

Poignant display today. Peace.

VP said...

Great post, beautiful images!