Norfolk Regiment Casualties in Mesopotamia May-October 2015

Following on from our recent post about the Mesopotamian movements of the Norfolk Regiment in 1915 our regular contributor now commemorates those who died in the region between May and October 2015.

Mesopotamia

Norfolk Regiment Casualties of War – May 1, 1915 until 31 October, 1915

Further details of grave numbers and panel commemorations for individual soldiers can be found at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspxNR_Deaths_Aug15-Oct15

North Elmham war memorial_Skipper Elijah

The war memorial at North Elmham lists Private Elijah Skipper, born in the village, and whose death from Beriberi on 13th August 1915 is recorded in the diary of the Major F.C. Lodge, commanding the 2nd Battalion the Norfolk Regiment. Image from: http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/n_elmham.html

Reports in 1913 suggested that the cemetery and memorial in Basra had been all but destroyed after the British withdrawal from the city in 2007. This information comes from the CWGC website:

This cemetery is currently not open to visitors. 1.5 km of security fencing has been erected to secure the boundaries of the cemetery during renovation work.

Whilst the current climate of political instability persists it is extremely challenging for the Commission to manage or maintain its cemeteries and memorials located within Iraq. However, a two volume Roll of Honour listing all casualties buried and commemorated in Iraq has been produced. These volumes are on display at the Commission’s Head Office in Maidenhead and are available for the public to view.

A similar fate appears to have befallen the cemetery in Amara, following a good news story reported by the BBC on Friday,18th April 2003:

Lost British graveyard found in Iraq

The Royal British Legion has welcomed news that a lost graveyard for World War I dead has been found in central Iraq.

The cemetery at Al Amara, built for those on the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, has been discovered by the banks of the Tigris river.

It was found by the Royal Irish Regiment, who on Easter Sunday will say prayers at the cemetery for those who died and for the current armed forces.Amara cemetery

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