THE TURKISH CEMETERY AT MARSA

 

 

Turkish Cemetery Marsa – An old Maltese postcard

 

On a visit to Malta in 1867 the Turkish Sultan Abdul Aziz presented Emmanuel Luigi Galizia (1830 – 1906), the Chief Government Architect, with the Order of the Mejidie. He also financed the building of the Turkish cemetery at Marsa which was designed by Galizia and completed in 1874. For this commission he based his design on Persian-Indian architecture. Later in a similar style Galizia built for himself a summer residence ‘Alhambra’ in Rudolph Street, Sliema, which is situated opposite Holy Trinity Church.

 

The freighter s.s. Burdwan, 6000 gross tons, was part of the ‘Harpoon’ Convoy sailing to Malta from the west in June 1942. She received a near-miss but it left her rudder hard-over, and engine room flooded, so the tough decision was taken that she should be sunk.

 

AHMED, Stoker, Polynesien, French Navy, died 10th August 1918

 

AHMED GOOLAMSAIN ARIFF, alias U KO KO, born Rangoon, Burma, 21st September 1944, died 24th July 1987

 

ALLA DITTA, Driver, 19621, Royal Artillery Depot, Kirkel, died 26th October 1918

 

ARALEH DIRICH, Soldier, 6th Somali Battalion, died 1st June 1916

 

ARFAN ALI, Greaser, Merchant Navy, s.s. Burdwan, died 18th June 1942. The son of Yusuf Ali and Amina Bibi, and husband of Fuljan Bibi of Kona Gaon, Sylhet, Pakistan

 

AROBALEE, Stoker, Polynesien, French Navy, 10th August 1918

 

BEN MAZOUZA ABDELKADER, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939, at sea

 

BOSTAN, Driver, 2104, 11th Mule Corps, died 18th December 1915

 

BOUSBHAH MOHAMED AMAR, Algerian Infantryman, died 18th December 1918

 

GASSIM, Labourer, Egyptian Labour Corps, died 20th June 1917

 

GOOLAMSAIN HOOSAIN ARIFF, alias U SEIN THOUNG, born Rangoon, Burma, 14th January 1913, died 15th May 1988

 

HABIB ALI, Fireman, Merchant Navy, s.s. Burdwan, died 18th June 1942. The son of Arjan Ali and Habija Bibi, of Sheikpur, Sylhet, Pakistan

 

HAFIZ HASSAN ALY, 165991, Labourer, Egyptian Labour Corps, died 2nd February 1920

 

Major HAJ ALI ISSA, Turkish Army, aged 40 years, of Aleppo, Mesopotamia, executed 24th April 1917. He was a Prisoner of War held at the Military Detention Barracks, Corradino. Another Prisoner of War there was Dr. Nedjet Saadi, and the two men were political enemies, Dr. Saadi belonged to the Young Turk party, whilst Major Issa was a supporter of the Old faction, and evidence was produced that they frequently quarrelled. 

On the morning of 17th October 1916 Dr. Saadi was due to leave Malta for Egypt at around nine o'clock. Both men met about six a.m. as usual, when Major Issa pulled a knife and stabbed Dr. Saadi, and although medical help was rendered quickly by Major Lund of Royal Army Medical Corps, his life could not be saved.

At H.M. Criminal Court on Monday 16th April 1917 Major Issa stood trial accused of the wilful murder of Dr. Saadi, and after three days of evidence the Jury unanimously found him Guilty of the murder and he was sentenced to death. 

 

HASAN MOHAMMED ALI, Labourer, Egyptian Labour Corps, died 1st January 1918

 

KADDOUR DOUIS, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939, at sea

 

KACEM BEL KACE, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939, at sea

 

KERDA SADOK, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939 at sea

 

KHEDIM RABAH, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939 at sea

 

LAPTOT BENGALI, Sailor, French Navy, Cruiser Edgar Quinet, died 1st May 1915

 

PHUL MOHAMMAD KHAN, Sowar, Sirdar Risala Jodhpur, died 27th October 1918

 

RABAH MOHAMED, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939 at sea

 

RAJA MIAN, Lascar, Merchant Navy, s.s. Burdwan, died 18th June 1942. The son of Mir Ullah and Sarfutunnessa, of Jaldup, Noakhali, Pakistan

 

RAMDANE LARBI, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939, at sea

 

ROUABKIA ABDELKADER, Soldier, 2nd Regiment, Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939, at sea

 

SAID AHMED, Stoker, Polynesien, French Navy, died 24th August 1918

 

A.A.K. SHANA’A, Private, 14871, Pioneer Corps, died 4th October 1943

 

SHEIK RAHMIN-UD-DIN, Labourer, Indian Labour Corps, died 9th January 1918

 

TI KOUR ABBES, Soldier, 2nd Regiment Algerian Infantry, died 22nd September 1939 at sea

 

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