HC Deb 31 July 1924 vol 176 cc2263-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the delay in completing the four war grave cemeteries decided upon for Iraq; and whether there is a prospect of this necessary work receiving immediate attention?


Owing to difficulties of various kinds the work of the Imperial War Graves Commission is not so far advanced in Iraq as in other theatres of war, but satisfactory progress is now being made. In Basra Cemetery the headstone foundations are complete and the headstones have been despatched; the walling, footpaths and earth filling are 60 per cent. to 80 per cent. completed and the central cross is being erected. In Bagdad all earth work is completed, headstone foundations are 20 per cent. completed, and other work is in progress. Work has also commenced at Kut. Further consignments of headstones are now being packed ready for despatch to Iraq. The central crosses for Bagdad, Kut and Amara, and the memorials for the Indian cemeteries, are also nearly ready for despatch.