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Behind every engraved name is a life. From cavalrymen to nurses, flying aces to undercover agents, we’re proud to showcase some of these inspiring stories of courage, fortitude and heartbreak. Overleaf are six individuals who represent the shared Commonwealth cause of both World Wars, and who are commemorated forever at Brookwood. The largest CWGC cemetery in the UK, Brookwood is the final resting place for more than 5,000 Commonwealth service personnel from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK and Ireland. Brookwood Military Cemetery provides a fascinating insight into the contribution of communities from around the world who served and died during the First and Second World Wars.

Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story

Find out more at www.cwgc.org E-mail: enquiries@cwgc.org By supporting the Foundation you will enable it to fund education and activities which will capture the public imagination, highlight the work the CWGC does and create our ambassadors of the future. The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) is a charitable foundation that highlights the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) by telling the stories of the 1.7m people the CWGC commemorates. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates the 1.7 million servicemen and women from across the Commonwealth who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. We maintain graves and memorials at 23,000 sites worldwide; almost 13,000 of these are in the UK, honouring over 300,000 war dead.

Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story

Brookwood remembers… Canada Nursing Sister Sarah Ellen Garbutt 20 August 1917 Age 41

Australia Major Oliver Hogue 3 March 1919 Age 38

Sarah is buried in Plot 3, Row A, Grave 15.

Oliver is buried in Plot 4, Row J, Grave 9.

A nurse at the Royal Memorial Hospital in Ontario, Sarah volunteered for the Canadian Army Nursing Service in 1917. She was posted to the UK, but only a month later was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and died in Vincent Square Hospital, London.

Sydney-born Oliver fought on Gallipoli, before serving in Egypt and Palestine with the Imperial Camel Corps. By 1918 he commanded a squadron of the 14th Light Horse Regiment in Damascus. Having survived these deadly campaigns, he succumbed to influenza whilst on leave in the UK after hostilities had ended.

South Africa Pilot Officer George Drake 9 September 1940 Age 20

New Zealand Flying Officer Tohunga Richard Riwai 21 February 1944 Age 25

George is buried in Plot 22, Row E, Grave 2.

Richard is buried in Plot 2, Row K, Grave 4.

Rejected by the South African Air Force, George travelled to England and joined the RAF in 1939. During the Battle of Britain he was shot down by a German Messerschmitt and it was not until 1972 that his remains were discovered in Kent. His funeral at Brookwood was attended by his surviving brothers.

In 1942 father-of-three Richard enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and was posted to RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex. His squadron specialised in night fighting and he flew de Havilland Mosquitoes, known as ‘wooden wonders’. He was tragically killed during a night-time interception patrol in 1944.

India Leading Aircraftsman Yousif Ali 12 May1947 Age 42 Born in Sylhet (now part of Bangladesh), Yousif moved to England in the 1920s. At the outbreak of the Second World War he enlisted in the RAF Volunteer Reserve. While serving in Europe after the war he fell ill and was brought back to England, where he died at the RAF Halton Military Hospital. Yousif is buried in Plot 2A, Row D, Grave 5.

United Kingdom Ensign Violette Szabo George Cross January 1945 Age 23 War widow Violette was recruited to the Special Operations Executive and twice undertook dangerous missions in France. She was captured and tortured before being sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she was eventually executed. Violette’s bravery posthumously earned her the George Cross. Violette is commemorated on the Brookwood 1939-45 Memorial, Panel 26, Column 3.


THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

1–1a South African 2 New Zealand 2a Indian Army 3 Canadian 4 Australian 5–6 British 7 South African 8 New Zealand 9 Canadian 10 Newfoundland 11 Australian 12–14 British 15 German 16 Italian 20–25 Air Forces 26 Belgian 27 Polish 28 Czechoslovakian 29 French 30–62 Canadian 63 Royal Hospital Burial Ground 30a–34a British and Polish 133 Post Second World War Annexe A Canadian Post Second World War Service Burials B USA 1914–1918

Cemetery plots

6

Major Oliver Hogue

1 Nursing Sister Sarah Ellen Garbutt

2 3

1

5

Pilot Officer George James Drake

5

Leading Aircraftsman Yousif Ali

2

4

3

6 Ensign Violette Szabo GC

Flying Officer Tohunga Richard Riwai

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Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story  

Brookwood Military Cemetery provides a fascinating insight into the contribution of communities from around the world who served and died du...

Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story  

Brookwood Military Cemetery provides a fascinating insight into the contribution of communities from around the world who served and died du...