Port Tewfik Memorial

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Port Tewfik Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Suez Kanal.jpg
The Port Tewfik Memorial in December 1957
For officers and men of the Indian Army killed who gave their lives on the Sinai Peninsula in World War I
Established 1926
Unveiled 1926, destroyed 1967 & relocated
Location 29°57′43″N 32°33′30″E / 29.9620°N 32.5582°E / 29.9620; 32.5582Coordinates: 29°57′43″N 32°33′30″E / 29.9620°N 32.5582°E / 29.9620; 32.5582
near Suez, Egypt; later relocated to Cairo Heliopolis
Designed by John James Burnet, Thomas S. Tait, Charles Sargeant Jagger
Total burials over 4000
Total commemorated
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source: CWGC

The Port Tewfik Memorial (also known as the Indian War Memorial) was originally situated at Port Tewfik (or Port Taufiq), now called Suez Port, on the Suez Canal. It was unveiled in May 1926 for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now Commonwealth War Graves Commission) and commemorated 4,000 officers and men of the Indian Army killed during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign during the First World War.[1] The original memorial was designed by Scottish architects John James Burnet and Thomas S. Tait,[2] and included sculptures by British sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger.[3]

The memorial was destroyed by retreating Egyptian troops during the Six-Day War of 1967 and later relocated to the Heliopolis War Cemetery on Nabil el Wakkad Street in the Heliopolis district of Cairo. Panels bearing the names of the fallen have been mounted in the entrance pavilions to the War Cemetery.[1]

The modern Heliopolis War Cemetery also contains:

  • the Aden Memorial, commemorating over 600 men of the Commonwealth forces who died in the defence of Aden during the First World War. The Aden memorial was also destroyed during fighting in 1967.
  • over 1,700 graves of Commonwealth service personnel killed during the Second World War and a number of war graves of other nationalities.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Commonwealth War Graves Commission. "Heliopolis (Port Tewfik) Memorial". Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Port Tewfik War Memorial". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Captain Charles Sargeant Jagger, MC, ARA, 13th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, (1885-1934)". David Cohen Fine Art. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 

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