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In Memory of HENRY DENNIS SMITH-RYLAND
Captain

1 st/1 st, Warwickshire Yeomanry

who died on
Saturday 7 April 1917 . Age 26.

Additional Information:

Captain, 1st/1st Warwickshire Yeomanry. 5th Mounted Brigade, Imperial Mounted Division. Died of Wounds in the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Avish, Egypt on Saturday 7 April 1917. Age 26. The eldest son of Mr. C. A. Smith-Ryland, a Justice of the Peace and Edith Smith-Ryland of Barford Hill, Barford. He sustained gunshot wounds to his head, left shoulder and left thigh on Wednesday 28 March 1917, and later died from these wounds. Buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He is also commemorated on the Sherbourne War Memorial, the Warwickshire Yeomanry War Memorial, Warwick and on the Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford. Holder of 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Cemetery:
KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY Egypt
Grave or Reference Panel Number: F. 234.


Location:
Kantara War Memorial Cemetery is situated at Kantara East on the eastern side of the Suez Canal, 160 kilometres north-east of Cairo and 50 kilometres south of Port Said. Access to Kantara East is via vehicular or small passenger ferry from Kantara West. Kantara East is 30 kilometres north of Jsmailia on the main Ismailia-Port Said road. The cemetery is 3 kilometres by road from the ferry, on the northern outskirts of the village.

The cemetery is open Saturday to Thursday, 07.30 to 14.30.

Historical Information:
In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of the new railway east to-wards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until late 1920.

After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields, notably those at Rumani, Qatia, El Arish and Rafa.

The Second World War again 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 whohave 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 com-memorated 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

Regiment, Corps etc.

Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (md. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)

Battalion/etc.

Warwickshire Yeomanry

Surname

SMITH-RYLAND

Christian Name(s)

Henry Dennis

Born

Enlisted

Residence

Died Date

07/04/17

Rank

CAPT

Number

Died How

Died of wounds

Theatre of War

Supplementary notes

 

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