Image: Moascar War Cemetery entrance, courtesy Edward McManus,
Battle of Britain London Monument, www.bbm.org.uk
The Moascar War Cemetery is just ten kilometres from Ismailia, just off the main Ismailia-Cairo Road and then 3 kilometres along Treaty Road. The cemetery is within an army camp and thus there are special requirements as part of any visit. You will need to apply for a security pass through the Military Attache at the British Embassy in Cairo. It is important to submit the application well in advance of your planned trip, at least ten days beforehand, but the earlier the better. The Embassy’s details are:
PAA to Defence Attache
Defence Section, British Embassy
7 Ahmed Ragheb Street
Tel: 002 02 2791 6051
Fax: 002 02 2791 6056
Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed: 05.00 - 12.30 GMT
Thursday: 05.00 - 11.00 GMT
Moascar War Cemetery is open from 7.30 to 14.30, Saturday through to Thursday, excluding public holidays. There is wheelchair access through the cemetery’s main entrance but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission suggests contacting them for further information about this access, or with any questions, given the special nature of this particular location. Their Enquiries Section can be contacted via telephone on 01628 507200.
Moascar War Cemetery is a Second World War cemetery. There are 474 Commonwealth graves, including 18 Australian burials, mainly from the Canal Zone, between 1942 to 1945. There are also servicemen burials from the post-war years for troops killed in the evacuation of Commonwealth forces from Egypt. The Moascar War Cemetery also includes nearly 500 non-war graves and 19 non-Commonwealth graves.
Although Moascar is a Second World War cemetery, the Moascar area was an important site during the First World War too, hosting the Australian Training Centre and numerous hospital sections.
Image: Moascar War Cemetery.
Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission