SOFIA WAR CEMETERY
- Country Bulgaria
- Total identified casualties 185 Find these casualties
- Casualties from First & Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 42.71701, Longitude: 23.3387
Sofia War Cemetery is situated in the Central Sofia Cemetery which is the main city cemetery.It is located approximately 2 kilometres north of the railway station on Parva Bulgarska Armia Street, with the cemetery entrance located opposite Mara Buneva Street. The Commision cemetery is located to the rear right hand side.
Cemetery opening hours:
Daily from 8am to 8pm during Summer months (1st April to 30th September)
Daily from 8am to 5pm during Winter months (1st October to 31st March)
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Sofia War Cemetery contains the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who died as prisoners of war or with the occupying forces following the Bulgarian capitulation in September 1918. The original cemetery contained 62 war burials, most of which were brought in from Dubnitza Cemetery, Radomir Cemetery and Military Cemetery, and Sofia Town Cemetery. Further graves were brought in from Varna Protestant Cemetery in 1955 and from Ruschuk British and Jewish Cemeteries in 1960.
The Second World War burials are mainly those of airmen who died in raids over Bulgaria towards the end of the war. There is also a special memorial to Major W F Thompson, Royal Artillery, a popular war hero in Bulgaria, who died in June 1944 while helping Bulgarian partisans. His grave, at Letakovo, could not be marked or permanently maintained.
Sofia War Cemetery now contains 160 First World War burials and 28 from the Second World War. There are also 12 non war civilian and service graves.