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Commonwealth War Cemetery Leros

This cemetery was made by the military authorities, who moved into it all graves found on the island from isolated positions and from various civilian cemeteries.

The total number of burials is 183. This is made up by 13 sailors, 162 soldiers and 4 airmen belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom; 2 airmen of the Royal Canadian Air Force; and 2 soldiers of the South African Forces.

Owing to the loss or destruction of the local records by the enemy occupying forces, the identities of many of the graves were lost, so that out of the total number of 183 casualties, 3 sailors and 55 soldiers belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom are not identified. Moreover, 18 of the men buried here (17 soldiers belonging to the United Kingdom Forces and 1 belonging to South African Forces) are commemorated by special memorials type "C", which bear the inscription "Buried near this spot". Although they are known to be buried in certain groups of graves in this cemetery, their actual graves within the groups cannot be precisely located.

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