BENGHAZI WAR CEMETERY
BENGHAZI WAR CEMETERY
- Identified Casualties:
Benghazi is a seaport on the Mediterranean. The cemetery is about 7 kilometres south-east of Benghazi in the Fuihat area, about 300 metres from the childrens' hospital on the opposite side of the road.
From the city centre take the road following the coast past the sports stadium. Approximately 2 kilometres beyond the stadium is a large roundabout with a flyover on to the Tripoli road. Turn left at this roundabout, and the War Cemetery is found 3 kilometres along this road on the left hand side.
NB: Benghazi War Cemetery should not be confused with Benghazi British Military Cemetery passed after about 1 kilometre on the right side of the road.
FEBRUARY 2012 NOTE: Benghazi War Cemetery has recently suffered a major attack resulting in significant damage to many headstones and the Cross of Sacrifice within the site. The earlier planned renovations of headstones, notified to visitors in February 2011, has now been superseded by these events and once it is safe for our staff to access the site, the work to commence clearance will begin. Over time, the headstones will be replaced, but in the meantime, the graves will be marked with metal temporary markers, bearing the name of the casualty buried therein. Given the current sensitive political situation in Libya, the CWGC strongly recommends that before considering a visit to Libya, 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/
Wheelchair access to the cemetery possible via main entrance.
Benghazi was an important goal for both Allies and Axis forces during the Western Desert campaigns of 1942 and 1943.
There are now 1,214 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Benghazi War Cemetery. 163 of the burials are unidentified. Special memorials commemorate two casualties buried in Barce War Cemetery, whose graves could not be located and three airmen who are known to be buried in this cemetery, but whose graves cannot now be identified. There are also 25 non Commonwealth burials here, 1 being an unidentified Greek soldier.