GREECE - STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY
Major renovation works are being carried out on site from Monday 22 August through to 22 November. During this time specialist equipment and machinery will be in regular use as pedestals and plaques are replaced. Visitors will need to take extra care when on site and be aware that some pedestals/plaques may not be in situ.
STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY
STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY
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Note – Major road works are being undertaken along the E79 Thessaloniki, Serres Bulgaria road with no date of when this section of road shall be complete.
E79 is the main road between Thessaloniki and Serres/Bulgaria. Approximately 75km from Thessaloniki, take the exit marked Strimoniko, Kalokastro and Nigrita. Proceed for around 1 km until you reach the crossroads at Strimoniko. Turn left for Kalokastro and Nigrita and proceed for approximately 3 km until you come to the junction of Livadochori, Nigrita where the cemetery is signposted. Turn right onto the agricultural road and follow this for 400 metres and turn left for access to the cemetery.
The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.
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The Struma River flows through Bulgaria southward to the Greek frontier, then south-east into the Aegean Sea. From the Allied base at Salonika, a road ran north-east across the river to Seres, and it was this road that the right wing of the Allied army used for the movements of troops and supplies to the Struma front during the Salonika Campaign.
In the autumn of 1916, the 40th Casualty Clearing Station was established not far from the road near the 71 Kilometre stone and the cemetery made for it was originally called Kilo 71 Military Cemetery.
The original plot, Plot I, was set too close to a ravine and the graves in it were moved after the Armistice to the present plots VIII and IX. The remainder of the cemetery consists almost entirely of graves brought in from the battlefields, from the churchyards at Homondos, Haznatar and Kalendra, and from little front-line cemeteries (established by Field Ambulances or Battalions), of which the chief were those at Ormanli (24 burials), Dolab Wood (17 burials) and Big Tree Well (on the right bank of the Struma, opposite Ormanli; 17 burials).
Struma Military Cemetery contains 947 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 51 of them unidentified. There are also 15 war graves of other nationalities.