Basra Memorial [memorial] Monument. The Basra Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died and whose graves are not known in World War I operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn 1914, to the end of August 1921. The Basra Memorial used to be on the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil. In 1997, it was relocated at a place along the road to Nasiriyah, what was a major battle ground during the first Gulf War. The move was carried out by the authorities in...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Basra Memorial, Al Basrah, Al Basrah, Iraq
Cowley, Charles Henry b. February 21, 1872 d. April 24, 1916 Military Figure. He was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was 44 years old, and a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On the night of 24 April/25 April 1916 in Mesopotamia, an attempt was made to re-provision the force besieged at Kut-el-Amara...[Read More] Basra Memorial, Al Basrah, Basra, Iraq Plot: Panel 1
Firman, Humphrey Osbaldston Brooke b. November 24, 1886 d. April 25, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously (presented to his father) by British King George V on February 28, 1917 at Buckingham Palace in London England for his actions as a lieutenant on the British Royal Navy steamer HMS Julnar on April 24, 1916 during an attempt to resupply British forces who were trapped during the Ottoman Empire's Siege of Kut (Kut-al-Amara), Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) during World War I. Born into a prestigious family, he joined the...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Basra Memorial, Al Basrah, Basra, Iraq Plot: No known grave; name is on the Basra Memorial, Panel 1 and 60.
Fynn, James Henry 'Little Finn' b. November 24, 1893 d. March 30, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. His citation reads "On 9 April 1916 at Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia, Private Fynn was one of a small party which dug in, in front of our advanced line and about 300 yards from the enemy's trenches. He went out and bandaged a number of wounded men under heavy fire, making several journeys in order to do so. Being unable to get a stretcher, he carried on his back a badly wounded man to safety". (Bio by: derrick unwin) Basra Memorial, Al Basrah, Basra, Iraq Plot: Panel 16 and 62.
Henderson, George Stuart b. December 5, 1893 d. July 24, 1920 Iraqi Revolt Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in East Gordon, Scottish Borders, he served as a Captain in the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment, British Army. Near Hillah, Mesopotamia Iraq, July 24, 1920, when the company under Captain Henderson's comand was ordered to retire, they came under attack a large party of Arabs. Captain Henderson at once reorganized the company, led them to the attack and drove off the enemy. Next, this officer led his men to charge the Arabs with the bayonet and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Basra Memorial, Al Basrah, Al Basrah, Iraq Plot: No Known Grave; name is listed on Panel 31 and 64.
Wheeler, George Godfrey Massy b. January 31, 1873 d. April 13, 1915 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Chakarata, British India, he served as a Major in the 7th Hariana Lancers, Indian Army. On April 15, 1915, at Shariba, Mesopotamia, Major Wheeler led his squadron to attempt to capture a flag which was the centre point of a group of the enemy who were firing on one of their pickets. He advanced and attacked the enemy's infantry with the lance, causing the enemy to swarm out of hidden ground. He was next seen far ahead of his men, riding single-...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Basra War Cemetery, Al Basrah, Basra, Iraq Plot: III. C. 22.