10 September 2018

CWGC statement on War Graves in Algeria

The CWGC is deeply saddened by the damage to graves at La Reunion War Cemetery near Bejaia, Algeria, and our sympathies go out to the descendants and comrades of the war dead who will be so deeply affected by this news.


La Reunion War Cemetery contains 211 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, mainly members of the Allied troops that landed on the Algerian coast in early November 1942 to support the North African campaign, leading to the surrender of the Axis forces the following May.

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CWGC staff members are working with the local authorities to establish the exact circumstances of the incident. We would like to reassure the public that all necessary measures will be taken in order to repair and/or replace the damaged headstones as soon as possible.

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