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Souda Bay War Cemetery

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Address: Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Suda Bay War Cemetery is located approximately 5 km east from the centre of...

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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Very moving place

Very moving place which sparked emotional reactions. Perhaps because most these solders were age of our son. We also found grave of our countryman. Everyone who has opportunity... read more

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Starogard, Poland
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Starogard, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very moving place which sparked emotional reactions. Perhaps because most these solders were age of our son. We also found grave of our countryman. Everyone who has opportunity should see this cemetery, these fallen solders deserved to be visited

Thank gregskim2016
London NW5
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth visiting. It is situated right by the sea and beautifully maintained by The War Graves Commission. My friends and I felt emotional while looking round and is a visit we cannot forget.

Thank Anousia
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful war cemetery, very well-maintained and looked after, it really is immaculate and a credit to the island. This is a special place, set in a stunning location, very tranquil and touching. Very accessible for those who have difficulty getting around.

Thank Lisa P
Rothbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this peaceful cemetery with my parents and small son, it is I a beautiful location looking out over Suda Bay. For those who gave their lives in the Battle of Crete it is a fitting resting place. Beautifully kept as you would expect from the Commonwealth War Graves. A very moving visit.

Thank NorthernStar37
Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a well kept memorial to "Our Boys and Allies". The grounds are immaculate. Well done to the Commonwealth Graves Committee, and thanks to the Greeks for gifting the land. A must visit !! There is also a book of names for those buried.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hired a car and driver in Heraklion to go and view this cemetery, being 135 km drive. We have visited many war cemetery's throughout Europe over the last 3 months. Whilst this is a small cemetery it is located at the head of Souda Bay and looks back down the waterway. There are 1527 graves located here, approx 776 are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not something I would normally review but this is not a normal cemetery. This cemetery holds the remains of about 1,500 war dead of mainly British, Australian, Canadian and Kiwi allied servicemen of which about half are unnamed. The cemetery is in a very quiet location overlooking a deserted beach and harbour and all the graves are surrounded by immaculate... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After having read about The Battle of Crete we were interested in seeing this cemetery. It was beautiful kept and had a stunning view of Souda. We were surprised to learn that five Canadians were buried in the peaceful resting place. It was a moving experience for sure. Thanks to all who maintain this memorial!

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is really worth a visit , the grounds are kept beautiful and it is a most tranquil place , to see the soldiers of uk, NZ and Australia all laid to rest side by side , it is very humbling .

Thank Jane S
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

This is a very moving place. Even though I would normally not be interested in a war memorial, I went along reluctantly. I am so glad I did, I found it very emotional, and the way it is laid out and looked after is a credit to all involved. Everyone young old adult or child should visit this beautiful place.

Thank G D

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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.


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?


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