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Moascar Cemetery, Egypt

MI - Moascar Cemetery, Egypt - DFW Atcherley

This memorial at Moascar Cemetery, photographed by John Philpott, is dedicated to servicemen “who are presumed to have lost their lives in the Canal Zone of Egypt between 1950 and 1956 and have no known grave”. One of those so remembered is 05168 Air Vice Marshal David Francis William Atcherley (CB, CBE, DSO, DFC) of the RAF, who disappeared during a flight from Fayid, Egypt, to Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1952 (see The disappearance of David Atcherley).

MI - Moascar Cemetery, Egypt - DFW Atcherley

I am very grateful to John Philpott for allowing me to use his photograph on this website, and to Jack Garry for getting in touch with John on my behalf. This image, and more of John’s pictures from the Canal Zone, can be seen on the John Philpott Page at the RAF Kasfareet 1953-56 website.


Durban (Stamford Hill) Cemetery, Kwazulu-Natal


Loving Memory
WILLIAM BURNE,
BORN 22ND MARCH 1858
PASSED AWAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 1937
“I believe in God and his mercy”
AND HIS DAUGHTER
LUCY ISABELLA ATCHERLEY
BORN 17TH MARCH 1884,
PASSED AWAY 21ST MARCH 1956

As you can see from the monumental inscription above, Lucy Isabella Burne was born in 1884 and passed away in 1956. Veonna Burne, in her family tree at Ancestry, states that Lucy was born, and died, in Durban, Natal, South Africa where her father William was an advocate (from 1880 until 1935) and also a town councillor (from 1886 to 1891 and again from 1898 to 1904). Veonna also states that Lucy’s mother was Lucy Mary Spring (1862 – 1929), who William had married on 28 Jun 1881.

Lucy married Roger Oliver Bellville Atcherley on 21 March 1914 at Lower Umgeni, Durban. I do not know how long the marriage lasted, but her deceased estate file in the Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository, indexed in an online database at the National Archives of South Africa website, states that Lucy Isabella Atcherley (nee Burne) was a divorcee when she died.

The photos from Stamford Hill Cemetery are © Eleanor Garvie. Taken from the Gravestone Photograph Library of the eGGSA website, which allows limited fair use of information and images from its site provided that full credit and acknowledgement is given to the copyright holder and to the web site as the source.

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