Rededication ceremony for Leading Telegraphist Victor Crosby DSM

25 October 2017 , 3pm

A rededication ceremony will be held for Leading Telegraphist Victor Crosby DSM, Royal Navy, at 3pm at the CWGC’s Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.

Cassino War Cemetery

Leading Telegraphist Crosby survived his submarine, The Saracen, being sunk and was held as a prisoner of war in Germany from where he escaped. He made it south to Italy and was sheltered by a local Italian family but given away by a collaborator, arrested and shot by the German Army.

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In this video Edward Toms, now 96-years-old, who was badly wounded in the battle but returned in 1954 to take part in the opening ceremony for the El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial, speaks about the horrors he witnessed and the work of the Commission.

20 October 2017

Casualties of El Alamein

Troops from many nations fought side by side in the deserts of North Africa at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Ahead of tomorrow’s commemoration at El Alamein War Cemetery marking the 75th anniversary of the battle, here are the stories of some of those who lost their lives.

Colour footage of the building of El Alamein Memorial has recently been discovered in the CWGC archive. The footage is now part of a display about the Commission’s work in Egypt at the El Alamein Museum, which has undergone a complete renovation to mark the battle’s 75th anniversary, thanks to a collaborative effort between many nations, with the encouragement of President Sisi. Here is a sneak peek of the footage.