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Fajara War Cemetery

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.

Opening Hours:
It is open every day between 6am to 6pm. Wheelchair access available.

Contact Address:
Africa & Asia Pacific Area:
Commonwealth War Graves

2 Marlow Road
Berkshire SL6 7DX
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1628 634221

Fax: +44 (0) 1628 771643

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