SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" |
1882991 Sapper ERNEST LESLIE DAVISON.
296 Field Coy., Royal Engineers.
who died, aged 23, on the 14th of November 1942.
Son of Mr and Mrs L. Davison, of Skelton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire.
El Alamein War Memorial.
Alamein is a village, bypassed by the main coast road, approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria on the road
to Mersa Matruh.|
The campaign in the Western Desert was fought between the Commonwealth forces (with, later, the addition of
two brigades of Free French and one each of Polish and Greek troops) all based in Egypt, and the Axis forces
(German and Italian) based in Libya.
The battlefield, across which the fighting surged back and forth between 1940 and 1942, was the 1,000 kilometres
of desert between Alexandria in Egypt and Benghazi in Libya.
It was a campaign of manoeuvre and movement, the objectives being the control of the Mediterranean, the link
with the east through the Suez Canal, the Middle East oil supplies and the supply route to Russia through Persia.
El Alamein War Cemetery contains the graves of men who died at all stages of the Western Desert campaigns,
brought in from a wide area, but especially those who died in the Battle of El Alamein at the end of October 1942
and in the period immediately before that.
The cemetery now contains 7,240 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, of which 815 are unidentified.
The entrance to the cemetery is formed by the Alamein Memorial.
The Land Forces panels commemorate more than 8,500 soldiers of the Commonwealth who died in the campaigns
in Egypt and Libya, and in the operations of the Eighth Army in Tunisia up to 19 February 1943, who have no known grave.