phaleron war cemetery

PHALERON WAR CEMETERY
PHALERON WAR CEMETERY
HISTORY INFORMATION
The site of what is now PHALERON WAR CEMETERY was chosen originally by the 4th Division as a burial ground for Commonwealth casualties of the Greek Civil War (December 1944-February 1945). Subsequently, the military authorities, in conjunction with the Greek Government and the Army Graves Service, decided that it would be the most suitable site for a Second World War cemetery for the whole mainland of Greece. The 23rd and 24th Graves Registration Units and the 21st and 22nd Australian War Graves Units worked together to bring in graves of the 1941 campaign from the battlefields, temporary military cemeteries and from various civil cemeteries.

There are now 2,029 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 596 of the burials are unidentified. Special memorials commemorate casualties known to have been interred in certain groups of graves in the cemetery, but whose individual graves cannot be precisely located within these groups. Other special memorials commemorate casualties re-buried in the cemetery from original graves which, owing to the destruction of local records, could not be identified.

Also within the cemetery are:

The PHALERON CREMATION MEMORIAL, commemorating 74 men of the army of undivided India who died during the campaigns in Greece and Crete during the Second World War and who were accorded the last rite required by their religion - committal to fire.

The ATHENS MEMORIAL, commemorating nearly 3,000 members of the land forces of the Commonwealth who lost their lives during the campaigns in Greece and Crete in 1941 and 1944-1945, in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945, and who have no known grave.

In the north-east corner of the cemetery, a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War, died in Greece, and were buried in the Anglo-French Crimean Cemetery, New Phaleron. The graves were moved in 1966 when that cemetery could no longer be maintained.

The CEMETERY and the ATHENS MEMORIAL were designed by Louis de Soissons.
  1. SOE Atkinson, John George Patterson

    SURNAME Atkinson FORENAME John George Patterson UNIT Force 133 SOE RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 115105 DATE OF DEATH 13rd February 1943 AGE 32 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 10.E.18 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Army Service Corps Scot Officer Producing Centre,RASC...
  2. SOE Vinsen, Thomas William

    SURNAME Vinsen FORENAME Thomas William UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Driver NUMBER 2589803 DATE OF DEATH 1st September 1943 AGE 31 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 10.B.14 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 101 Special Wire Section,Royal Corps of Signals born 1912 Poplar,London...
  3. SOE Page, Stuart Raymond

    SURNAME Page FORENAME Stuart Raymond UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Warrant Officer Second Class (BSM) NUMBER 4967865 DATE OF DEATH 9th October 1943 AGE 34 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 22.C.18 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 116 Battery,26 Light A.A. Regiment,Royal...
  4. PARAS 2 Bircumshaw, Michael

    SURNAME Bircumshaw FORENAME Michael UNIT Para RANK Private NUMBER 23684334 DATE OF DEATH 21st September 1962 AGE 23 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece Section 11 Row D ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 16.11.1938
  5. RSR Chisim, John Dorman

    SURNAME Chisim FORENAME John Dorman UNIT RSR (HQ) RANK Lance Corporal NUMBER 1877605 DATE OF DEATH 19th November 1944 AGE 23 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 21.A.1 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Engineers born 1921, Belfast son of Samuel David and...
  6. SOE Walker, Kenneth

    SURNAME Walker FORENAME Kenneth UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 301523 DATE OF DEATH 24th May 1944 AGE 29 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 20.C.12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Engineers born 8.4.1915 Huddersfield,Yorkshire son of Ernest and...
  7. SOE Turner, Richard Sydney

    SURNAME Turner FORENAME Richard Sydney UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Sergeant NUMBER NX3048 DATE OF DEATH 17th December 1944 AGE 28 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 3.A.3 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Australian Army Service Corps born 5.2.1916 Newtown,New South...
  8. SOE Richmond, Frederick James

    SURNAME Richmond FORENAME Frederick James UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Warrant Officer Second Class (BSM) NUMBER 1483910 DATE OF DEATH 10th May 1943 AGE 37 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 14.C.10 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Artillery born 19.9.1903...
  9. SOE Phillips, William Ronald

    SURNAME Phillips FORENAME William Ronald UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Captain NUMBER 254405 DATE OF DEATH 29th January 1944 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 15.A.6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit General List born 13.6.1917 Hertfordshire son of Ernest Arnold...
  10. SOE Phillips, Isaac Douglas

    SURNAME Phillips FORENAME Isaac Douglas UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Sergeant NUMBER 2325548 DATE OF DEATH 24th May 1944 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 20.C.13 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Corps of Signals born 14.4.1922 Bootle,Cumberland son of...
  11. SOE Marsden, John Horace

    SURNAME Marsden FORENAME John Horace (Jack) UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Signalman NUMBER 2385537 DATE OF DEATH 15th October 1943 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 15.A.8 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Corps of Signals born 19.3.1917 Rotherham,Yorkshire...
  12. SOE McGill, Dennys Blair

    SURNAME McGill FORENAME Dennys Blair UNIT SOE Force 133 RANK Sergeant NUMBER 927205 DATE OF DEATH 15th September 1944 AGE 25 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 23.C.20 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Artillery born 5.8.1919 Edinburgh son of John R.B. and...
  13. SOE Campbell, Alan Clark

    SURNAME Campbell FORENAME Alan Clark UNIT SOE Greece RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 222718 DATE OF DEATH 26th June 1944 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece 14.C.8 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Engineers son of Rev.William H. and Elizabeth Campbell,Acomb,York...
  14. SOE McKenna, George Hughes

    SURNAME McKenna FORENAME George Hughes UNIT Force 133 (Albania) RANK Gunner NUMBER 876381 DATE OF DEATH 1st December 1943 AGE 23 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Artillery born 17.1.1920 Dundee resided...
  15. SOE Kesterton, Ian Douglas

    SURNAME Kesterton FORENAME Ian Douglas UNIT Force 133 (Albania) RANK Corporal NUMBER 2880174 DATE OF DEATH 1st December 1943 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Corps of Signals former Gordon...
  16. SOE Toley, Alan Willoughby

    SURNAME Toley FORENAME Alan Willoughby UNIT Force 133 (Albania) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 187268 DATE OF DEATH 1st December 1943 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 1st Royal Tank Regiment,Royal Armoured Corps...
  17. SOE Stephenson, John Cory (Jack)

    SURNAME Stephenson FORENAME John Cory (Jack) UNIT Force 133 (Albania) RANK Captain NUMBER 145228 DATE OF DEATH 1st December 1943 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars,Royal...
  18. SOE Smart, Ian Albert

    SURNAME Smart FORENAME Ian Albert UNIT Force 133 (Albania) RANK Major NUMBER 71139 DATE OF DEATH 1st December 1943 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Phaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 2 Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) born 1.2.1917...
  19. RAF SPECIAL DUTIES Shewring, James Kenneth

    SURNAMEShewring FORENAMEJames Kenneth UNIT624 Squadron (R.A.F.V.R.) RANKFlight Sergeant NUMBER1337064 DATE OF DEATH1st December 1943 AGE GRAVESITEPhaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONair gunner Op. Albania Halifax EB140 crashed near Koplesiagraphn,Greece
  20. RAF SPECIAL DUTIES Hughes, John Kenneth

    SURNAMEHughes FORENAMEJohn Kenneth UNIT624 Squadron (R.A.F.V.R.) RANKFlight Sergeant NUMBER1030906 DATE OF DEATH1st December 1943 AGE GRAVESITEPhaleron War Cemetery,Greece Coll.grave 5.D.1-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONwireless op./air gunner Op. Albania Halifax EB140 crashed near...
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