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Sapper Rex Sargent

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  • 2077779 Sapper
  • Rex Sargent
  • 2 Bomb Disposal Company
  • Royal Engineers
Son of William Edwin and Minnie Mary Louise Sargent of Barry, Glamorgan. Died on the 16th March 1943. Aged 21. Buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. Grave C. 133 A. Kantara War Memorial Cemetery.  The Second World War as in the First saw Kantara as a hospital centre. No 1 General Hospital was there from July 1941 to December 1945 and two others, Nos 41 and 92, were there in turn for varying periods. One of the major allied medical units in the area, No 8 Polish General Hospital, adjoined the war cemetery. KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY now contains 1,562 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 110 from the Second World War. There are also 341 war graves of other nationalities in the cemetery, many of them made from the Polish hospital and concentrated in a distinct Polish extension. Near the entrance to the cemetery is the KANTARA MEMORIAL, bearing the names of 16 New Zealand servicemen of the First World War who died in actions at Rumani and Rafa, and who have no known grave. In 1961, nearby Kantara Indian Cemetery became inaccessible and it was decided that the 283 First World War servicemen buried there should instead be commemorated at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. Panels bearing the names of the dead were affixed to the wall of the cemetery behind the Stone of Remembrance, forming the Kantara Indian Cemetery Memorial.

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