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Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Beautifully kept cemetery.

Well worth the walk from the cruise port to see this immaculately kept cemetery. So many unknown... read more

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Beautifully well kept cemetery

Stopped here on the way back to the airport. Beautifully well kept as was the German cemetery at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Suda Bay War Cemetery is located approximately 5 km east from the centre of Chania (Xania). There are now 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 776 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 19 First World War burials brought in from Suda Bay Consular Cemetery, 1 being unidentified. There are also 7 burials of other nationalities and 37 non-war burials.
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Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth the walk from the cruise port to see this immaculately kept cemetery. So many unknown young people buried here. A place of peace and tranquility in a beautiful bay.

Thank JaR1983
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped here on the way back to the airport. Beautifully well kept as was the German cemetery at Maleme, both had gardeners working on the days we visited. Set at the end of Soura bay next to the sea with mountains around fitting place for...More

Thank broggy57
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very moving cemetery. Beautiful views. Difficult to find because our sat nav kept losing signal and there were no signs till the last two junctions (about 200m from the cemetery)....

Thank bsmallwo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cemetery is situated in a picturesque area with Souda Bay laid out in front with the mountains behind. The grounds are kept in immaculate condition with lovely planting. It is very sad to see the young ages on most of the headstones and extremely...More

Thank Shackpilot
Reviewed 1 week ago

An unusual site in Crete. . The place reminds sad times when hundreds of young soldiers gave their lives around these currently peaceful surroundings. The cemetery is wonderfully planned, gardened and maintained, I truly recommend a visit.

Thank Amirflg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cemetery is a noble tribute to those who died in the Chania area mainly during World War II. Beautifully green and situated overlooking one of the largest natural harbours in the world. It is worth reading the back story of the massive fight to...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most beautiful cemetery I have ever visited. Set next to Souda Bay and every white headstone decorated with a flowering plant, it's a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in World War II. The deep water bay at Souda was...More

Thank Sowellman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A credit to the greek attendants who look after this fantastic memorial garden. So touching. Those young men who gave their lives for our freedom

Thank Roy E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spotted the WWll cemetery on an app about Crete and decided to combine a visit with a planned trip to Chania. It was easy to find and a pleasure to visit. We spent a peaceful time walking amongst the ordered gravestones, mainly for Unknown...More

Thank NeilAB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the things I try to do whenever I travel to a country is to visit its war graves and memorials. Souda Bay was a definitive battle in WW2 and esnured that the Nzis were never again in a position to launch an airborne...More

Thank kazzyb007
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Albert B
September 29, 2016|
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Response from Adenann | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, haven't a clue about taxi cost. We stopped there as part of a trip to Chania by coach.
September 17, 2015|
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Response from griffg272 |
On our recent visit to Chania we caught the Chania Sightseeing Tours double decker (hop on/hop off) bus from outside the bus station on Kidonias Ave (near the southern end of 1866 Square). For 15 euro each you get a tour of... More
I very interested in a review by Hodgson128 and would very much appreciate it if they could contact me. My brother George C Hodgson is buried at Souda Bay From: Thomas Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:53 PM To: Frank Subject: CWGC - Release of Documents. Frank You may recall that the CWGC undertook to make available all documents in their possession in time for the VJ commemorations on 14 August. I visited the CWGC site and found such documents as they have are indeed attached to those individuals whose graves are cared for by the Commission. The documentation appears to relate entirely to the processes of reburial of soldiers from their initial temporary burial place with a wooden cross, to the cemeteries created by the Commission with formal headstones, in a process referred to as Concentration. As such, there is very little, if any, personal information. However, in examining the records attaching to your brother George, I did learn that he was a member of RASC Detail Issues Depot 24 -and I cannot recall whether I had seen this detail previously. I checked it up in the National Archives, to see if a war diary of the unit was available, and although I found the archive reference for this Depot, the documents are not yet digitised. You can however request a paper set for which a quotation will be provided. On the other hand perhaps your Niece might be interested in going to Kew and looking first hand? I have attached the National Archives Reference for RASC, Detail Issues Depot 24. There are very many of these DID units and I am guessing that each was formed for a specific range of assignments relative to the progress and requirements of which ever war zone was being served. DID24 was formed in November 1940 and lasted until 1943. Would you wish me to forward the (7) documents relating to George's reburial at Suda Bay? Doug with the as part to the Your message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments: ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS D.I.D.24 Note: To protect against computer viruses, email programs may prevent you from sending or receiving certain types of file attachments. Check your email security settings to determine how attachments are handled. erhaps
August 23, 2015|
Response from Hodgson128 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Peter H here, not sure if I can help, but ask away.