Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery

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Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery

Location
Bourail, South, New Caledonia
Memorials 398 added (8% photographed)

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Bourail is on the western coast of the island of New Caledonia, which lies approximately 1600 kilometres north of New Zealand. Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery lies about 9 kilometres south-east of Bourail, on the main road north and east of the Nera River, which flows into Bourail Bay. It was constructed by the New Zealand authorities for the burial of members of the New Zealand and other Forces who died in this area during the 1939-1945 War, and the remains of about 200 casualties were concentrated into the cemetery from 14 other islands in the South Pacific area, including Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella, Mono, Bougainville and other islands in the Solomons Group, as well as from other burial places in New Caledonia. The entrance to the cemetery is on the south-western side and leads, through a terrace adjoining the Records building, to the wide central avenue which curves between two double rows of graves to the Cross of Sacrifice erected on a raised circular platform at the northern end. Behind the Cross of Sacrifice stands the Bourail Memorial, commemorating over 200 members of the New Zealand Land and Air Forces and Merchant Navy and 169 members of the Western Pacific Local Forces who died during operations in the South Pacific area and who have no known grave. (text used with permission of CWGC)

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GPS Coordinates: -21.6017900, 165.5529300

  • Added: 2 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2195180