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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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A lovely experience here, the graves and the grounds are very well kept. Very nice to see that the soldiers are still remembered and that are buried in a sacred and beautiful... read more

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Cambridge UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Included as a stop-off point on a trip to Chania this spot is not your usual sun-and-sand holiday spot. That said, when you get into it, it serves as a reminder of the young lives lost in WWII and the sacrifice these young men made in their defence of Crete. Particularly poignant were the graves of up to five people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely experience here, the graves and the grounds are very well kept. Very nice to see that the soldiers are still remembered and that are buried in a sacred and beautiful place! It is a lovely place that puts everything in perspective and makes you thankful for life itself! Thank you to all the brave soldiers who gave their... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very sad story, very nice mantained, a lot of dead soldiers in the first and in the begining of the second world war. Good to remember!

Thank Ave2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For me there is not much to say other than thank you. Beautiful resting place for the fallen heroes. Take the time if you are in the area and pay your respects.

1 Thank Arlin F
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited war cemetery's in France (Normandy and Grevillers), New Guinea (Lae) and the USA (Arlington and Pearl Harbour) so I had these to compare with Suda bay. I came away impressed with how well it is presented and maintained and reminded once again how much I owe to so many. If you are planning to visit read my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful location to spend eternity. Still a shock to see all those young men named and so many who are Known Unto God alone.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It doesn't take long to understand the significance of this memorial. The message on the wall as you enter. Flowers placed by the stones of each of the servicemen, the visitors book filled with the words of gratitude from all over the world.

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Westonzoyland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here a few years ago and wanted to visit with friends we were holidaying with. Such a beautifully kept cemetery a truely humbling experience

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Rethymnon, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The cemetery is absolutely immaculate, not a blade of grass out of place. A very humbling experience, especially the number of unknown soldiers graves. Young men, many from the other side of the world, sho gave their lives.

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highland, scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was an unexpected find where we were humbled and emotional visiting. It is kept beautifully with an amazing outlook.

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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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