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Walter Sydney HARVISON

Walter Sydney HARVISON

Male 1892 - 1918  (26 years)

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  • Name Walter Sydney HARVISON 
    Born 1892  Balmain North, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Nov 1918  Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Damascus, SYRIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 3 Nov 1918  Damascus, SYRIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Debt of Honour Register
      In Memory of

      WALTER SYDNEY HARVISON

      Place of Enlistment: Casino, New South Wales

      Signalling Sergeant
      36
      12th, Australian Light Horse

      who died on: Sunday 3 November 1918 . Age 26 .

      Additional Information: Son of George James and Emily Rolanda Harvison, of Groom St., Kyogle, New South Wales. Born at Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales.

      Cemetery: DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, Syria

      Grave or Reference Panel Number: D. 32.

      Location: The cemetery is approximately 5 kilometres south-west of the city centre in an area known as Sabara (Arabic for prickly pear). The cemetery is amongst an area of prickly pear plants, which is located behind apartment blocks and therefore is not easily viewed from any main roads. However, visitors can best reach the cemetery by private car or taxi. From the large roundabout on the west side of Damascus, known as Al Umawiyeen Square, visitors pass the entrance of the Sheraton Hotel on the main dual carriage way, towards the Australian Embassy, and should take the side road 40 metres on the left, then turn immediately right. The Cemetery will be found on the left.

      Visiting Information: The staff at Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery finish work each day at 2.00 pm and the gates are locked from that time. Arrangements are in hand for a spare set of keys to be kept nearby and a sign erected on the gates informing visitors of the locality.

      Historical Information: The cemetery dates from the 1914-1918 War, when Damascus was entered by the British on October 1st, 1918, the first British medical unit arriving the next day. They found the Turkish hospitals crowded with sick and wounded, and a few days later an epidemic of influenza and cholera broke out. The 1914-1918 burials in this cemetery were mostly from these hospitals. The 1939-1945 War burials began in 1941, during the operations against the Vichy French, and later on casualties were moved into the cemetery from civilian burial grounds, Deraa French Military Cemetery, and from scattered graves in the areas where the fighting occured. The first burials were in a tree belt between the cemetery boundaries and the low wall of hammer-dressed stone which enclosed the plots of existing graves. Adjoining land to the west, known as "The Cypresses", was acquired by the military authorities when it became necessary to enlarge the cemetery. There are now 661 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war, 74 of which are unidentified, and 504 of the 1939-1945 war, 14 of which are unidentified, commemorated in this site. In the new part of the cemetery, special memorials are erected to 6 soldiers of the Indian army who were buried in Damascus Indian War Cemetery but whose graves are now lost. There are also 7 Foreign National burials here, 2 of which are unidentified. Also wothin this cemetery is the Damascus 1939-45 Memorial. This memorial commemorates ten Arab soldiers, casualties of the 1939-1945 War, whose graves in Syria, Lebanon and Israel are so situated that permanent maintenance is not possible. It is in the form of a simple screen wall of local stone with four Portland stone panels. On the two central panels are engraved the names of those whom it honours. The two outer panels bear a dedicatory inscription in English and Arabic. The English version reads:. THE SOLDIERS WHOSE NAMES ARE HONOURED HERE SERVED AND DIED DURING THE WAR OF 1939-1945 AND WERE BURIED IN NEIGHBOURING LANDS

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    Person ID I05376  Short Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2006 

    Father George John HARVISON,   b. 1865, Kiama, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, Parramatta, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Emily Rolanda BASSAN,   b. 1861, Tamworth, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1890  Newtown, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1892 - Balmain North, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Nov 1918 - Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Damascus, SYRIA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Nov 1918 - Damascus, SYRIA Link to Google Earth
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