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Souda Bay War Cemetery

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Address: Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A must for all citizens of former British Empire & all veterans

We visited during short cruise ship stop. We visited via taxi ($20 for the 4 of us)that waited for us during our short 15 minute visit and than dropped up in the center of town... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 17, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

We visited during short cruise ship stop. We visited via taxi ($20 for the 4 of us)that waited for us during our short 15 minute visit and than dropped up in the center of town. Shuttle buses do not stop close and it's to far to walk safely from port. Take the time to "Remember the Sacrifices of WW II".... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

Worth taking a 30mins detour. Read about the history of all who are buried here. You start to realise how thankful we are for the ones who sacrified their lives for our freedom. It is well kept not entry fees. Nice scenic view of the Souda bay.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Normally I wouldn't review a cemetery but if your are a New Zealander, Australian or English person who had family who fought in WWII Souda Bay is a must visit. The site is well maintained and also incredibly peaceful. It is a site for much reflection on the wars.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Not only is this cemetery well preserved and beautiful but it serves as a poignant reminder that freedom isn't always free. We visited the cemetery with an excursion from a cruise.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

Try and remember what they gave for us to enjoy freedom today Brits/ Aussies / Kiwis plus others - Lest We Forget

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

If in the area, don't pass up this stop, your 30 minutes there will make you proud of the United Kingdom Graves Commission for the work they do preserving the memory of their fallen airmen, sailors, soldiers and marines from WW I and WW II. The grounds are kept immaculate, unbelievable beauty. The family of the fallen should be very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

poignant time in a beautiful setting. hundreds of graves neatly lined up, only highlights the destruction of these young mens lives, mostly 20-25 year olds, with loads of them unidentified. germans lie next to allied graves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

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.

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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

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