Heliopolis (Port Tewfik) Memorial
- Country Egypt
- Total identified casualties 3727 Find these casualties
- Casualties from First World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 30.07971, Longitude: 31.32971
The original Port Tewfik memorial, unveiled in 1926 and situated at the entrance to the Suez Canal, did not include on its panels the names of the Indian casualties it was built to commemorate. These were printed in memorial registers and the inscription on the monument only referred to the number of casualties commemorated. After the destruction of the original monument during the Israeli-Egyptian War of 1967-73, a new memorial bearing the names of those who died was erected within Heliopolis War Cemetery and unveiled in 1980.
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Heliopolis, a major suburb of Cairo, lies 10 kilometres to the north-east of the main city centre, approximately 6 kilometres from the airport. Heliopolis War Cemetery is situated opposite El Banat (Girls') College in Nabil el Wakkard Street, and access to the cemetery is from this street.
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The HELIOPOLIS (PORT TEWFIK) MEMORIAL commemorates 4,000 men who served and died with the Indian Army during the First World War in Egypt and Palestine, and who have no known grave. The panels bearing the names, erected in the entrance pavilions to Heliopolis War Cemetery, were unveiled by the Indian Ambassador to Egypt in October 1980. The memorial was created to replace the original memorial at Port Tewfik (which had been designed by Sir John Burnet), which existed at the South end of the Suez Canal. It suffered severe damage during the Israeli-Egyptian conflict of 1967-1973 and was eventually demolished.
The pavilion at the rear of the cemetery houses the HELIOPOLIS (ADEN) MEMORIAL to more than 600 men of the Commonwealth forces who died in the defence of Aden during the First World War and who have no known grave. The original memorial, sited at Steamer Point, Aden was demolished, as a result of port reconstruction work, in 1967.
HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY contains more than 1,700 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and a number of war graves of other nationalities.