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Kalkara Naval Cemetery

Malta

MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY

Location: The Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-east of Rinella, a bay and hamlet opposite Valletta across the mouth of the Grand Harbour and on the southern outskirts of the village of Kalkara. Just before entering Kalkara on the main bus route, the Cemetery is signposted along the road "Triq Santa Liberta" to the street of Triq Santu Rokku" where the Cemetery is located. 
Visiting Information: The cemetery stays open Monday to Friday until dusk, and on weekends and public holidays 08.30 to dusk, but is only staffed at the following times: April - June 06.30 - 16.30 July - September 06.30 - 13.00 October - March 07.00 - 16.00 (except Wednesdays 07.00 - 13.00) 
Historical Information: This cemetery, which once belonged to the Admiralty, is close to a Capuchin monastery from which it takes its name. It is two sections; Protestant and Roman Catholic. There is a triangular 1914-1918 War plot in the Protestant section in which stands a granite Cross of Sacrifice which was erected after that war. Most of the 1939-1945 War graves, too, are in the Protestant Section, in a plot near the entrance, and there is another group in the Roman Catholic section; but there are a few others in scattered positions in this burial ground. There are now 351 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war, 5 of which are unidentified, and there are 694 burials of the 1939-1945 war commemorated in this site. In addition there are 137 Foreign National burials, including 2 unidentified Italians, and a further 1,444 non world war burials. 
(From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website)

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Main entrance

Plaques denoting all the different Nation's cemeteries

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General view of the Cemetery

General view of the Cemetery

 Three men from HMS Repulse are buried in Kalkara Cemetery.

(Our HMS Repulse was in service from 1916 to 1941)

They all died within a five week period in 1938, and this is quite unusual as it was during peacetime. If anyone reading this knows of any information about their deaths, we'd be very grateful for the information.

The headstone of Frederick Farwell's grave - Click here to view a larger version

The headstone of W. John Mattingley's grave - Click here to view a larger version

The headstone of Charles Edward Rappe's grave - Click here to view a larger version

Frederick Farwell's grave

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W. John Mattingley's grave

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Charles Edward Rappe's grave

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Information kindly provided by Aldo Sliema from these websites:
Kalkara Marines Cemetery

Kalkara Naval Cemetery

We are indebted to Sarah and Mario Gauci, of Calypso Sub Aqua Club - Malta, who took all of these photographs on our behalf, and kindly donated them to us.