The Fajara War Cemetery, on Kairaba Avenue (Pipeline
Road), has well manicured lawns and is maintained by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. During World War
2, The Gambia, along with other British colonies in West
Africa, was used as a landing and take-off site for
aircraft flying to towards the North African and Middle
East battle fronts. Bathurst was also used as a naval base.
Sea vessels headed for the Far East, and India via South
Africa used the port at Banjul.
There are 199 identified (4 unidentified) casualties of
war, predominantly West African, but also Canadian,
British and other nationalities, are interred here,
their graves aligned in straight rows between well
trimmed shrubs. A RWAFF Memorial Tablet also stands here in tribute
to the 33 Gambians who served in the Royal West African
Frontier Forces who died whilst serving in West Africa
and whose graves are unknown or cannot be properly
maintained. There are also 10 non-war service burials
and 3 war graves of other nationalities.
If you are coming by taxi, the Fajara War
Cemetery is in Fajara M Section, on Kairaba Avenue, about 200 metres
from the traffic lights on Bertil Harding Highway. It is almost
opposite the Sankung Sillah Building.
It is open every day between 6am to 6pm.
Wheelchair access available.
Africa & Asia Pacific Area:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road
Berkshire SL6 7DX
Tel: +44 (0) 1628 634221
Fax: +44 (0) 1628 771643