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Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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WE must never forget the horrors of World War II or the heroes who died for us. Here for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
snurdbat007
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Quiet contemplation

Always sobering to visit this majestic well kept tranquil site looking out to Souda Bay where such... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarah B
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Suda Bay War Cemetery is located approximately 5 km east from the centre of Chania (Xania). There are now 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 776 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 19 First World War burials brought in from Suda Bay Consular Cemetery, 1 being unidentified. There are also 7 burials of other nationalities and 37 non-war burials.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago

WE must never forget the horrors of World War II or the heroes who died for us. Here for instance is the grave of the grest New Zealander Dudley Perkins, known as Vasilis to the Cretans who was an amazingly valiant leader of the uprisiongs...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always sobering to visit this majestic well kept tranquil site looking out to Souda Bay where such dreadful events took place during the 2nd world war

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

In the Cemetery are the remains of the soldiers ho fight and died in World War II in Greece. The place is very well kept.

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

A wonderful well kept cemetery with a view of the bay for the british and new zealand soldiers that died fighting for Greece in WW2. Worth a visit if part of a tour or a short ride from downtown chania. They have informational information that...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Went to this and the German cemetery. A very sombre place but an excellent setting, well kept and an excellent location, All troops were buried here after the war relocated from several sites around the island.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

What a fantastic place to honour these men from world war 2 . Beautiful peaceful and very well kept. The views are stunning. Very moving.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth the walk from the cruise port to see this immaculately kept cemetery. So many unknown young people buried here. A place of peace and tranquility in a beautiful bay.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Stopped here on the way back to the airport. Beautifully well kept as was the German cemetery at Maleme, both had gardeners working on the days we visited. Set at the end of Soura bay next to the sea with mountains around fitting place for...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Very moving cemetery. Beautiful views. Difficult to find because our sat nav kept losing signal and there were no signs till the last two junctions (about 200m from the cemetery)....

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This cemetery is situated in a picturesque area with Souda Bay laid out in front with the mountains behind. The grounds are kept in immaculate condition with lovely planting. It is very sad to see the young ages on most of the headstones and extremely...More

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Albert B
29 September 2016|
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Response from Adenann | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, haven't a clue about taxi cost. We stopped there as part of a trip to Chania by coach.
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simmoqqqq2
17 September 2015|
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On our recent visit to Chania we caught the Chania Sightseeing Tours double decker (hop on/hop off) bus from outside the bus station on Kidonias Ave (near the southern end of 1866 Square). For 15 euro each you get a tour of... More
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I very interested in a review by Hodgson128 and would very much appreciate it if they could contact me. My brother George C Hodgson is buried at Souda Bay From: Thomas Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:53 PM To: Frank Subject: CWGC - Release of Documents. Frank You may recall that the CWGC undertook to make available all documents in their possession in time for the VJ commemorations on 14 August. I visited the CWGC site and found such documents as they have are indeed attached to those individuals whose graves are cared for by the Commission. The documentation appears to relate entirely to the processes of reburial of soldiers from their initial temporary burial place with a wooden cross, to the cemeteries created by the Commission with formal headstones, in a process referred to as Concentration. As such, there is very little, if any, personal information. However, in examining the records attaching to your brother George, I did learn that he was a member of RASC Detail Issues Depot 24 -and I cannot recall whether I had seen this detail previously. I checked it up in the National Archives, to see if a war diary of the unit was available, and although I found the archive reference for this Depot, the documents are not yet digitised. You can however request a paper set for which a quotation will be provided. On the other hand perhaps your Niece might be interested in going to Kew and looking first hand? I have attached the National Archives Reference for RASC, Detail Issues Depot 24. There are very many of these DID units and I am guessing that each was formed for a specific range of assignments relative to the progress and requirements of which ever war zone was being served. DID24 was formed in November 1940 and lasted until 1943. Would you wish me to forward the (7) documents relating to George's reburial at Suda Bay? Doug with the as part to the Your message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments: ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS D.I.D.24 Note: To protect against computer viruses, email programs may prevent you from sending or receiving certain types of file attachments. Check your email security settings to determine how attachments are handled. erhaps
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Response from Hodgson128 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Peter H here, not sure if I can help, but ask away.
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