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Pemba Cemetery

  • Country Mozambique
  • Total identified casualties 121 Find these casualties
  • Identified casualties from First World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: -12.97143, Longitude: 40.50448

Please note

Please be aware that in 2020 a cyclone caused damage to the cemetery wall and one of the headstones. These issues will be addressed once COVID travel restrictions allow.

Historical Note

Special report - historical note Within this cemetery is the Pemba Memorial, which commemorates 81 casualties of the First World War buried within the African and Indian plots of this cemetery whose graves were unidentifiable. The original memorial had a general inscription, with the names recorded in a printed memorial register. In 2011, new panels carrying the names of the dead were added to the memorial. In 2019, a special memorial was also erected here to commemorate by name 18 casualties buried within Beira Christian Cemetery whose graves were unmarked.


You can find more information about historical inequalities in commemoration in our Special Committee’s report.

Read the Non-Commemoration report

Location information

Pemba Cemetery is located in the town of Pemba, set up on a hill. On entering the town along the airport road, you will pass a large church on the left side called Santa Isabela. Take the first road left, then first right, first left again and the cemetery is found at the end of the road on the left. African and Indian casualties buried outside of the Commonwealth plots of the cemetery, are commemorated on Screen Walls of the Pemba Memorial, within the Commonwealth plots of the cemetery.

Visiting information

Pemba Cemetery is open every day between 06:00 and 18:00. The location or design of this site, makes wheelchair access impossible.

For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our enquiries department on telephone number 01628 634221.

Download Cemetery Plan

History information

Pemba (formerly known as Porto Amelia) was the base of the Anglo-Portuguese forces in 1918 and 120 Commonwealth casualties and one Portuguese soldier are now buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plots.