Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay War Cemetery
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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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Drone Ranger
Torpoint, UK9 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A very poignant place to visit.
All these men and woman lost and for what.

This is a must see. Just standing there breaks your heart.

There is a German one near by but at the time I didn’t know otherwise I would have paid a visit
As Ex-Army I think all combatants should be paid respect 🫡 because at the end of the day neither him or I wish to be there.

Stand down lads your time is done. Thank you and RIP

Cheers
DR
Written May 8, 2022
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,435 contributions
Jul 2021
So sad to see so many young men lost their lives during the war. There were from NZ and Australia too, so far away from home and never made it back. I know it has been many year since the end of the war but one must not forget the sacrifice these men made for our freedom, we take for granted.
Written March 19, 2022
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patriciaharris
London, UK11 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
We went to find a war grave belonging to my mums younger brother who never returned home,found it comforting,well looked after,all facing the sea waiting to be rescued,he is there with hundreds of his mates,God bless you Uncle Bernard RIP
Written November 9, 2014
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Mark & Val Williams
Chania Town, Greece36 contributions
May 2017
Val and I are permanent residents here on Crete. If you are British/Commonwealth/US....put this venue on your itinerary. Beforehand, read Antony Beevor`s `Crete - the battle and the resistance`. An authorative history, but also good reading. `The Cretan runner`, George (Yiorgos) Psychoundakis takes up after the invasion as does `On the run`, the author`s name escaping me at the moment. Yoirgos passed away 18 months before our arrival here (Oct 2005) but I nonetheless had the pleasure of shaking his daughter`s hand. `I`ll met by moonlight` is about the Special Forces abduction of the German GOC General Kreipe and was also made into a film, of the same name, with Dirk Bogarde/Cyril Cusack. Gripping book, fabulous film. Perhaps later, the biography of Patrick Leigh-Fermor,
one of the SF team. Armed with the information above, what went on, and the sacrifices made, will fall into place like a jigsaw. There is an eerie yet not unpleasant atmospere here. You will exit somewhat humbled.Do sign the Visitors Book. Surviving Veterans take great delight in reading it. They come each May for the formal service, Kiwi`s and Aussies prominent. God bless them, for our tomorrow they gave their today.
Mark & Val
Crete, May 2017.
Written May 24, 2017
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Morten H
Fredrikstad, Norway109 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
It's easy to forget the tragic history of Crete during the WW II without visits to the cemeteries her and in Malemne. Both worth a visit.
The old man, in front of the gate, taking care of 9 homeless dogs and 23 cats also deserves a euro or two.
Written October 8, 2014
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Landroid90
Argyll and Bute, UK203 contributions
Aug 2014 • Business
I visited the cemetery during a quiet spell on a work trip. The setting is amazing, the graves so respectfully tended to, I even found a memorial to some soldiers from my Grandfathers regiment from a previous campaign at the turn of the century.
The visitors book makes lovely reading, and simple things in the cemetery, beautifully tended gardens and pathways made it all the more special.
One of the memorials really got to me which was the memorial to 6 bomber crew who were buried shoulder to shoulder, as they all died at a finite moment in time, the war graves commission has buried them with the headstones touching which I've never seen anywhere in the world before at any of the war cemeteries or memorials that I have visited all over Europe.
If I can, I will upload a couple of pics from my phone.
Like my title says, WELL WORTH A VISIT, whether you are an ex military like me or just to pay your respects.
Written November 27, 2014
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goanjock
The Stunning Highlands44,950 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
I decided to go for a very early morning drive from Georgioupolis out to Souda and the Allied War Cemetery. It would be impossible not to be moved by the tranquil location overlooking Souda Bay and the rows and rows of white memorial stones many of which were marked unknown (as I walked round the words of the old song Willie McBride was going round in my head along with the closing line of Dulce Decorum Est......Dulce Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori.....I know the song and poem were from a different war and different country but the horror of the war and the sacrifice made by so many young men has never felt clearer to me) and so many young ages etched on the stones. The moving sight of five stones standing shoulder to shoulder with the names of five men who flew in the same aircraft and died together back in 1941, comrades in war and their memorial stones shoulder to shoulder as symbol of unity.....truly moving. I spent at least three quarters of an hour just reading some of the names whilst reflecting on their sacrifice and the irony of how the world could have been such a different place seemed to be driven home by the cruise ship that sat in the dock at Souda in the background. I would encourage anybody who visits this area of Crete to take some time out and visit the cemetery........Lest We Forget
Written August 22, 2015
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NeilPick
York, UK174 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
It really isn't a case of like and dislike: war graves ought not to exist, but how else does one commemorate the many young lives lost in the defence of Crete in 1941 and subsequently during the occupation?

Souda Bay is a moving tribute as well as the lasting resting place of over 1500 such young men, mainly of British, Australian and New Zealand extraction. That so many lost their lives in just one, small (and often-overlooked) part of a wider conflict highlights the futility of war, and is a lesson to the future. The beauty and peace of the site makes it possible to reflect.........
Written October 20, 2014
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JohnBuckley2595
Stockton Heath, UK26 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Having visited Crete on several occasions I have never managed a visit to the cemetery until this year. As a serving soldier I was humbled to see this. Donated by the island this piece of land is ideally situated to pay your respects.

I was honoured to search the headstones and find a fellow Royal Engineer who died during the Battle of Crete.

It's a must visit whilst on the Island.
Written September 23, 2014
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lurkio
Ferndale, UK98 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Suda Bay War Cemetary is signposted after you turn off the national road into Suda. It is very well maintained and the main building contains a map of the main UK, Canadian, new Zealand and Austrailian graves of the fallen at the battle of Crete. There are a huge amount of unknown soldiers as many were previously buried by the Germans in other sites. We walked around all the graves and took lots of photos leaving a poppy on an unknown soldier. My daughters loved it and asked loads of questions. Please take a poppy or two and dont forget to sign the visitors book.

There is a little gate to a beach for a cooling dip after your visit. Or a caravan for refreshments at the entrance. We had a car but the airport bus stops near the road down to the cemetery.

Like all the cemeteries Ive visited maintained by the commonwealth graves commission. Its difficult not to hold in a tear.
Written August 27, 2014
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