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GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY

  • Country Gibraltar
  • Total identified casualties 673 Find these casualties
  • Casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 36.14795, Longitude: -5.34506

Location information

The Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery (also known as Garrison Cemetery) is located about 100 metres from the airport and about 300 metres from the harbour. It stands on the low peninsula off of Devils Tower road and behind St. Teresa's Church.

Visiting information

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 6pm.

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History information

The cemetery has been in use since the 18th century. During the 1914-1918 War it was used for the burial of sailors and soldiers who died on ships passing Gibraltar, or in the Military Hospital. The 1914-1918 War Graves are scattered in the different divisions of the cemetery. Although initially planned to accommodate a Cross of Sacrifice, due to space restrictions, this proved impossible. Instead, one was erected to the West of the cemetery, close to the sea, at the junction of the road into Spain and the Devil's Tower Road. This location was also later used for the Gibraltar Memorial, which commemorates, by name, 7 soldiers from the 1914-1918 War and 91 airmen and soldiers who died during the 1939-45 War who were buried at sea.

Twenty-three burials belong to H.M.S. "Britannia," sunk by a submarine off Cape Trafalgar on the 9th November 1918 (one of the last British warships sunk in the war). There are also many graves of merchant sailors who died during the war from natural causes.

The majority of the men who lost their lives while at Gibraltar during the 1939-1945 War are buried here. Most of their graves are in two adjacent plots at the northern end of the cemetery, but some are also scattered in other parts. Headstones near the northern boundary were laid flat in order to adhere to the airport safety regulations of the time.

The cemetery is situated on Crown land, and (with the exception of those privately owned) all the War Graves in it are registered in perpetuity in the Commission's name.