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Graves of Robert Weir and Edward Lewis near Suakin (1885)

PostPosted: 23 Aug 2017 14:21
by Blackblue
Can anyone tell me if this monument and the graves of Robert Weir and Edward Lewis (NSW Contingent) are still outside Suakin?

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28016206
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/94520801

Rgds

Tim

Re: Graves of Robert Weir and Edward Lewis near Suakin (1885

PostPosted: 24 Aug 2017 09:56
by mike snook
I have been to Suakin...a remarkable place. I saw no Australian gravesites, which given the expanse and inaccessibility of the desert does not mean that they were not there. However I have also been to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Khartoum. I can recall that there were several grave markers there that had been re-located to Khartoum from Suakin: a memorial cross to the officers and men of the Guards Brigade who fell at Suakin (Battle of Hasheen) particularly sticks in my mind. I have a lot of photos from the cemetery and will look through them for these two names shortly. The CWGC will obviously have a record of everybody who is interred there from the period embraced by its charter (post-1914) and possibly for the earlier period. You could contact CWGC to see if they have any record. If I don't come back...you can assume I didn't find them in my photo library.

Best Wishes

Mike

Re: Graves of Robert Weir and Edward Lewis near Suakin (1885

PostPosted: 24 Aug 2017 12:59
by Blackblue
Thanks Mike,
Much appreciated.

Tim