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    Posted: 17 Sep 2010 at 20:27
The following information is taken from the CWGC site (see URL).
 
Crew members of the Submarine E.15 who were captured in April 1915 and subsequently died whilst P.O.W's are interred in this cemetery.
 
 
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
Country: Iraq
Locality: unspecified
Visiting Information: NOTE: Whilst the current climate of political instability persists it is not possible for the Commission to manage or maintain its cemeteries and memorials located within Iraq. Alternative arrangements for commemoration have therefore been implemented and a two volume Roll of Honour listing all casualties buried and commemorated in Iraq has been produced. These volumes are on display at the Commission's Head Office in Maidenhead and are available for the public to view. The Commission continues to monitor the situation in Iraq and once the political climate has improved to an acceptable level the Commission will commence a major rehabilitation project for its cemeteries and commemorations. Before considering a visit to Iraq the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/
Location Information: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery is located in a very sensitive area in the Waziriah Area of the Al-Russafa district of Baghdad. The main entrance to the cemetery is located opposite the College of Arts and the Institute of Administration in Baghdad University and adjacent to the Iraqi Cigarette Factory in Waziriah Area and the Press of Ministry of Defence.
Historical Information: In 1914, Baghdad was the headquarters of the Turkish Army in Mesopotamia. It was the ultimate objective of the Indian Expeditionary Force 'D' and the goal of the force besieged and captured at Kut in 1916. The city finally fell in March 1917, but the position was not fully consolidated until the end of April. Nevertheless, it had by that time become the Expeditionary Force's advanced base, with two stationary hospitals and three casualty clearing stations. The North Gate Cemetery was begun In April 1917 and has been greatly enlarged since the end of the First World War by graves brought in from other burial grounds in Baghdad and northern Iraq, and from battlefields and cemeteries in Anatolia where Commonwealth prisoners of war were buried by the Turks. At present, 4,160 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War are commemorated by name in the cemetery, many of them on special memorials. Unidentified burials from this period number 2,729. The cemetery also contains the grave of Lieutenant General Sir Stanley Maude, Commander-in-Chief of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, who died at Baghdad in November 1917 and the memorial to the 13th Division which he commanded. A memorial to the 6th Battalion Loyal (North Lancashire) Regiment was brought into the cemetery from the banks of the Diyala River in 1947. During the Second World War, Baghdad was again an objective of Commonwealth forces. The 20th Indian Infantry Brigade reached the city from Shaiba by the Euphrates route on 12 June 1941 and the 21st Indian Infantry Brigade, part of the 13th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers, together with the 157th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, arrived on 19 June via the Tigris. An advanced base was established later near the city and remained in use until 1946. Most of the 296 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried in the cemetery died of illness or by accident when serving with PAIFORCE. Again, a number of the graves were brought in from other burial grounds. Within the cemetery is the Baghdad (North Gate) (Khanaqin) Memorial, commemorating 104 Commonwealth servicemen, 437 Polish soldiers and 3 Arab Legionnaires of the Second World War buried in Khanaqin War Cemetery which, owing to difficulty of access, could not be properly maintained. The North Gate Cemetery also contains 127 war graves of other nationalities from both wars, 100 of them Turkish, and 41 non-war graves.
No. of Identified Casualties: 4624


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E.15 Crew members interred in this cemetery;
 
Name: MITCHELL
Initials: E H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Petty Officer Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Submarine E.15.
Date of Death: 26/11/1916
Service No: 288459
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. N. 6.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
Name: BOND, JAMES JOHN
Initials: J J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Leading Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Submarine E.15.
Age: 33
Date of Death: 02/02/1917
Service No: 306132
Additional information: Son of John James and Sarah Bond; husband of Annie Jane Murphy (formerly Bond), of 8, Chatham Row, Portsea, Hants. Born at Portsmouth.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. J. 44.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
Name: BRENNAN
Initials: P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Submarine E.15.
Date of Death: 02/03/1917
Service No: 226804
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. J. 47.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
Name: PRICE, EDWARD JOHN
Initials: E J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Submarine E.15.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 16/10/1918
Additional information: Son of Edward George and Henrietta Keane Price, of 1, Craven Hill, Hyde Park, London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. O. 6.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY


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The following crew members of Submarine AE2 are interred in this cemetery;
 
Name: GILBERT, STEPHEN JOHN
Initials: S J
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Petty Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Aust. Submarine "A.E.2."
Date of Death: 09/10/1916
Service No: 8053
Additional information: Husband of Mrs. B. A. Gilbert, of 20, Weatherall St., Croydon, New South Wales.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. O. 5.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
 
 
Name: KNAGGS, ALBERT EDWARD
Initials: A E
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Aust. Submarine "A.E.2,"
Age: 34
Date of Death: 22/10/1916
Service No: 7893
Additional information: Son of Henry Stephen Knaggs and Louisa Knaggs; husband of Sarah Annie Knaggs, of 11, Canton St., St. Paul's, Bristol, England.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. L. 1.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
 
 
Name: VARCOE, CHARLES
Initials: C
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Chief Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Aust. Submarine "A.E.2."
Age: 38
Date of Death: 18/09/1916
Service No: 8275
Additional information: Son of James and Mary Varcoe; husband of Mabel Varcoe, of 9, Glenmore Avenue, Stoke, Devonport, England. Born at Nanpean.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXI. S. 5.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
 
Name: WILLIAMS
Initials: M
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Navy
Date of Death: 29/09/1916
Service No: 2305
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bozanti Mem. 195.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
 
 
 


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