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Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery

  • Country South Africa
  • Total identified casualties 182 Find these casualties
  • Region Western Cape
  • Casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: -34.1703, Longitude: 18.42953

Please note

There is the potential for attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery. All visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry valuables or leave them on display in vehicles. Please also be aware that there are steps leading to the Cross of Sacrifice.

Location information

The cemetery overlooks the sea 3 kilometres North of Simon's Town (also sometimes spelt as Simonstown or Simonstad). It is located next to the Glen Marine district, besides the main road (the M4) from Fish Hoek to Simon's Town. From Fish Hoek, the cemetery is on the right, 1.4 kilometres after the M6 turn off to Noordhoek.

Visiting information

It is advisable to consult the Secretary, CWGC South African Agency (telephone 012 663 7285) about the position of the graves. There is the potential for attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery. All visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry valuables or leave them on display in vehicles.

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History information

Cape Town and nearby Simon's Town were the scene of massive shipping movements (including hospital ships) during both World Wars. During the Second World War naval and maritime air operations were conducted from the area. Instruction under the Empire Air Training Scheme was conducted at 65 and 66 Air School at nearby Youngsfield Aerodrome.

Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery contains 77 burials of the First World War and 106 from the Second World War, 1 of which is unidentified. Most of the burials are of naval personnel. There are also 2 non-war burials in the Commission's care.

The Cross of Sacrifice was unveiled on the 5th January 1930 by Vice-Admiral R.M. Burmester, R.N.