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Christiansborg, one of the main suburbs of Accra, is 3 kilometres east of the city on the main coast road. The Christiansborg Memorial forms the entrance to Christiansborg War Cemetery which is located on Castle Road, near the State Building, Accra International Conference Centre and Sports Stadium and Black Star Square.
Christiansborg War Cemetery is open Monday to Friday between 06:00 to 18:00.
During the Second World War, Accra airport and other airfields in the Gold Coast and Nigeria, were of major importance to the Atlantic Ferry - a process whereby much needed aircraft were flown by American crews from factories in America, across the South Atlantic, to West Africa. At Accra, the aircraft were handed over to the Royal Air Force, fitted and tested after their long flight, then flown onwards to the Desert Forces in North Africa. A separate service run by the South African Air Force flew bombers south to the Cape.
No. 37 (Accra) Military Hospital was established at Accra during the war-time expansion of the Royal West African Frontier Force. Accra also contributed six Companies to the Gold Coast Home Guard, created in 1940 and disbanded in 1944.
The CHRISTIANSBORG MEMORIAL commemorates over 450 men of Gold Coast enlistment who died in West African territory during the Second World War, whose graves are unknown or are so situated that permanent maintenance is not possible.
The memorial forms the entrance to CHRISTIANSBORG WAR CEMETERY. The cemetery, constructed in 1941 and maintained by the Royal Engineers until taken over by the Commission towards the end of 1949, contains 416 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.