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Ramleh Cemetery
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
General view of Ramleh cemetery
Used for those deceased 1917-1948
Established 1917
Location 31°55′47″N 34°53′08″E / 31.92972°N 34.88556°E / 31.92972; 34.88556
near Ramla, Israel
Total burials • 3,300 (World War I)
• 1,168 (World War II)
• 525 (British Mandate for Palestine)
Unknown
burials
964 (World War I)
Burials by nation

Etente (WW1) and Allied (WW2) Powers:
United Kingdom 3,608 •India 528 •Poland 272 •New Zealand 94 •France 77 •Australia 71 •High Commission Territories 58 •Italy 41 •Africa 41 •South Africa 35 •British West Indies 23 •Arab 12 •Yugoslavia 11 •Czechoslovakia 7 •Belgium 3 •Seychelles 2 •Norway 2 •Canada 2

Central Powers:

•Turkey 416 •Germany 31

•Austria 2

Ramleh Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is for personnel of both World Wars, and the period of the British mandate of Palestine located in the town of Ramla (Ramla, Ramleh) in Israel.

The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by the municipality of Ramla in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Palestine during the war. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in Israel.

Location[edit | edit source]

The cemetery lies on a plain looking towards the hills of Judea in the general direction of Jerusalem. The location is close to the site of the Battle of Junction Station (13 to 14 November 1917). The cemetery was in use throughout the period of the British mandate of Palestine including the Second World War up to the start of May 1948. British burials of the few troops who stayed until end of June 1948 in order to finish the evacuation are buried in Khayat Beach CWGC cemetery, Haifa.

Noted burials[edit | edit source]

One notable grave from the World War I period is that of Captain Neil Primrose. Among those buried in Ramleh are the two British sergeants, Mervyn Paice and Clifford Martin, who were hanged by the Irgun in 1947 in response to the death sentences carried out on three of their members by the British Mandate authorities.

The British pilot David Tattersfield killed 7 January 1949 is also buried here, in grave O36 of WW2.

In 2010, the grave of a British soldier named Harry Potter was listed on the Ramle’s tourism website after becoming a popular tourist spot following the worldwide fame of the fictional wizard with the same name.[1]

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