Recognition for Haidar Pasha
23 April 2015
Istanbul - On 23 April, the eve of the Centenary of the
Gallipoli campaign, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
is urging more people to visit a historic cemetery in the heart of
Istanbul - the final resting place of more than 6,000 servicemen
from the Crimean and Two World Wars.
Haidar Pasha Cemetery (local spelling Haydar Pasha) was first
established at the suggestion of Florence Nightingale, whose
hospital for servicemen wounded during the Crimean War (1853-56),
was in nearby Selimiye Barracks (Scutari).
For the first time, on 23 April, the CWGC is hosting a joint
British, Commonwealth and German remembrance event at the cemetery
- which members of the public are welcome to attend. The ceremony
will be held at 3.30 pm local time and will be attended by
representatives from the CWGC, the British Consulate in Istanbul
and the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Graves
Malcolm Ross, CWGC Mediterranean Area Horticultural Manager,
will host the event. He said: 'Haidar Pasha Cemetery is an
extraordinary piece of commemorative history right at the heart of
Istanbul, but it remains relatively unknown and unvisited. The CWGC
wants to change that and we hope this event will be the spark to
bring many more visitors to the cemetery."
"Some will come to pay tribute to a relative, some to pay
tribute to soldiers who died for their country, others merely out
of curiosity. But all who visit will depart the better for the
experience - inspired by the young men who lie here, cared for and
remembered by the CWGC in this special place."
As part of the commemorations, the CWGC will also unveil a new
information panel at the site. The panel is among 500 that the
Commission is installing as part of a drive to provide more
information for the public during the centenary of the First World
War. Each panel carries information about the cemetery or memorial,
and a QR Code which, when scanned with a smartphone, reveals the
personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated
at the location.
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