- Country Yemen
- Total identified casualties 307 Find these casualties
- Casualties from First & Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 12.79059, Longitude: 44.99963
Maala lies on the Southern side of Aden Harbour, halfway between the Steamer Point and Crater on the main road south of Khormaksar Airport. The Cemetery is located south of the main road to Crater. Within the cemetery, on the central avenue beyond the Cross of Sacrifice, stand the Maala Memorials.
Before considering a visit to Yemen, the Commission strongly recommends that you consult the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
The Commission has received reports that, during the on-going troubles in Yemen, the commemorations within Maala Cemetery have been damaged. Currently it is not considered safe for Commission staff to undertake the necessary repair work. However, the Commission is monitoring the situation with the intention of progressing repairs as soon as it is safe to do so.
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Most of the 145 Commonwealth servicemen of the 1914-1918 War buried here lost their lives in the defence of Aden against the Turks. There are 157 Commonwealth war burials of the 1939-1945 War in Maala Cemetery. Most of those buried in other parts of Yemeni territory, whose graves could not be maintained, were later transferred to this cemetery. Aden was a naval and air base of vital importance during the war. There are 11 Non Commonwealth war burials and 379 Non World War service burials named here.
The cemetery is surrounded on four sides by a wall. The entrance, on the northern side, leads to the central avenue, and half-way along stands the Cross of Sacrifice at the intersection of two paths. The war graves, which are scattered in the different denominational plots among those of civilians, are marked by headstones or private memorials and surrounded by kerbs filled with coral chippings. Many of the graves of the 1914-1918 War have also been kerbed in conformity with the general design of the cemetery.
THE MAALA MEMORIALS
The Maala Memorials stand on the central avenue, beyond the Cross of Sacrifice, in Maala Cemetery, which is located south of the main road to Crater.
Maala Memorial No.1 commemorates 65 soldiers who died in or near Yemen during the 1939-1945 War; 33 men of the Indian Forces who were cremated, and 32 who lie buried in graves which could not be located or maintained, of whom 27 soldiers belonged to the United Kingdom Forces and five to the Forces of East and West Africa and of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. The names are inscribed on panels inserted on three sides of a stone pillar which forms part of a memorial seat and which also incorporates the Register box.
The seat is raised on stone steps and the front panel erected above it bears the inscription:
THESE SOLDIERS DIED SERVING THEIR COUNTRY AND THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM AND THEIR MORTAL REMAINS WERE COMMITTED TO FIRE OR TO THE SOIL ELSEWHERE IN ADEN
A later extension on the western side, Maala Memorial No. 2, commemorates 10 servicemen of the 1914-1918 War and 1 airman of the 1939-1945 War who were buried at North Point Christian Cemetery, Kamaran Island and Perim Cemetery, Perim Island. Kamaran and Perim are remote places at the southern end of the Red Sea, and these eleven graves can no longer be maintained. The airman served with No. 203 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was based at Aden at the outbreak of the 1939-1945 War.