Armadale & District War Memorial Association

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC044493

Basra War Memorial

The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia (Iraq) from the autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known.

Until 1997 the Basra Memorial was located on the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil, on the west bank of the Shatt-al-Arab, about 8 kilometres north of Basra. Because of the sensitivity of the site, the Memorial was moved by presidential decree. The move, carried out by the authorities in Iraq, involved a considerable amount of manpower, transport costs and sheer engineering on their part, and the Memorial has been re-erected in its entirety.

The Basra Memorial is now located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the first Gulf War. The Panel Numbers quoted at the end of each entry relate to the panels dedicated to the Regiment served with.

Whilst serving with the Parachute Regiment in Iraq last year, as part of Op Telic, I was lucky enough to get some photos of this now unseen Memorial unfortunately I did not have long enough to photograph all the panels however I did manage a few.

 

Me at the Basra War Memorial