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KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL

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Country:
Pakistan
Identified Casualties:
575

Location Information

Karachi War Cemetery lies a few miles from the centre of Karachi, to the north-east on National Stadium Road and can be reached by taxi. It is now surrounded by the naval colony and is adjacent to the new naval cemetery. The easiest way to reach the War Cemetery from the city centre is to go the the National Stadium and follow the road leading to Dalmia in which the airport is situated. From the airport follow the reverse road from Dalmia to the National Stadium and the Cemetery is situated to the left hand side of National Stadium Road. Owing to constant problems the direction signs have been removed but attempts will be made at resiting them

The Memorial is located at the rear of the cemetery opposite the entrance feature. The names commemorated on the memorial are of those who served in garrisons and died in Pakistan (formerly India) during the 1914-1918 War and who lie buried in civil and cantonment cemeteries (excluding those graves lying west of the river Indus).

Visiting Information

Karachi War Cemetery is open Monday-Thursday and Saturday 08:00-17:00 and Friday 08:00-12:00.

Historical Information

Karachi, formerly the capital of the Republic of Pakistan, is the country's only sea port and the main gateway for its trade. It is also the maritime terminus of the Pakistan Railway and its airport, situated on one of the trunk air routes of the world, gives it considerable additional importance. The city lies at the extreme western end of the delta of the Indus, on a backwater protected by a high rocky headland. To the north is dry, hilly country, while to the south creeks and mangrove swamps stretch to the sea. The War Cemetery is about 8 kilometres from the centre of Karachi on Stadium Road and is easily reached by taxi. It was created by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to receive the graves from a number of civil and cantonment cemeteries scattered through the north of Pakistan and the tribal areas, where their permanent maintenance was not possible. The imposing entrance of honey-coloured stone, quarried at Jungshai, near Hyderabad, is one part of a dual memorial the other part being in Delhi, to 25,000 men of the army and air forces of undivided India who died during the 1939-1945 War while on service in nonoperational zones.

The cemeteries in which they lie buried, and which have since been found impossible to maintain adequately, are as follows :

ABBOTTABAD CEMETERY
ATTOCK NEW CEMETERY
CAMPBELLPORE CEMETERY
GHARIAL CEMETERY
GHORA DAKKA NEW CEMETERY
HYDERABAD NEW CEMETERY (SIND)
JHELUM CEMETERY
KALABAGH CEMETERY
KULDANA NEW CEMETERY
LAHORE CANTONMENT CEMETERY
LAHORE (TAXALI GATE) CEMETERY
LYALLPUR EUROPEAN CEMETERY
MARI-INDUS RAILWAY CEMETERY
MIANWALI CEMETERY
MULTAN CANTONMENT CEMETERY
MURREE NEW CEMETERY
MURREE OLD CEMETERY
RAWALPINDI (WEST RIDGE) CEMETERY
RISALPUR CEMETERY
SIALKOT EAST CEMETERY
SIALKOT WEST CEMETERY
SRINAGAR (SHEIKH BAGH) CEMETERY
UPPER BHARIAN CEMETERY
UPPER TOPA NEW CEMETERY