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    Posted: 23 Jun 2010 at 16:51
This information is taken from the CWGC Site, see the URL below.
 
*It is interesting to note that whilst the CWGC information states that the cemetery holds the graves of 175 members (53 identified graves) of the Egyptian Labour Corps the actual cemetery database contains no names. The cemetery also contains the graves of 57 Turkish soldiers.
 
Cemetery: WEST MUDROS MOSLEM CEMETERY
Country: Greece
Locality: Lemnos
Location Information: The Cemetery is on the Greek island of Limnos in the north-east Aegean Sea. Mudros Bay is in the south of the island, and the cemetery is located in open ground on the west coast of the bay. Take the road to the village of Portianos and continue straight across the main square on that road, which reverts to an unmade track after a short distance, towards the coast. The cemetery contains the graves of 170 casualties of the Egyptian Labour Corps and 57 Turkish soldiers, none of which are marked individually. The commemoration is in the form of a memorial obelisk surrounded by a stone wall, which lies immediately adjacent to the track, about 3 kilometres beyond the village.
Historical Information: Because of its position, the island of Lemnos played an important part in the campaigns against Turkey during the First World War. It was occupied by a force of marines on 23 February 1915 in preparation for the military attack on Gallipoli, and Mudros became a considerable Allied camp. The 1st and 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospitals, the 3rd Australian General Hospital and other medical units were stationed on both sides of Mudros bay and a considerable Egyptian Labour Corps detachment was employed. After the evacuation of Gallipoli, a garrison remained on the island and the 1st Royal Naval Brigade was on Lemnos, Imbros and Tenedos for the first few months of 1916. On 30 October 1918, the Armistice between the Entente Powers and Turkey was signed at Mudros.
No. of Identified Casualties: 53
 


Edited by Mal Murray - 23 Jun 2010 at 16:52
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