FIRTH, William Frederick McCluer
- Born: 17 Dec 1889, Rastrick, Brighouse, West Yorkshire
- Christened: 3 Mar 1895, St. Matthew's Church, Rastrick, Yorkshire
- Marriage (1): HORSFALL, Laura on 15 Aug 1914 in St. Matthew's Church, Rastrick, Yorkshire
- Died: 12 Dec 1917, Egypt aged 27
Date of Death:12/12/1917
Regiment/Service:London Regiment (London Irish Rifles) 2nd/18th Bn.
Grave Reference: O. 63.
Cemetery:CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Frederick and Jane Firth, of 8, Field Lane, Rastrick; husband of Laura Firth, of 2, East St., Rastrick, Brighouse, Yorks.
At the outbreak of the First World War, Cairo was headquarters to the United Kingdom garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915 and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine.
General Headquarters, Middle East Command, was set up in Cairo shortly before the Second World War, remaining there throughout the war years. In January 1941, a Royal Air Force Sector Headquarters for Fighter Defence Canal Zone was established.
Cairo was again a significant hospital centre during the Second World War.
Cairo War Memorial Cemetery was formerly part of the New British Protestant Cemetery, but plots B, D, F, H, K, M, O, P and Q were ceded to the Commission in 1920. Some graves were brought into these plots from elsewhere in the Protestant cemetery and in 1960, 85 First World War graves were concentrated from Minia War Cemetery, 200 km south of Cairo, where maintenance could not be assured. One burial of the Second World War was also moved later from Old Cairo Old Latin Cemetery for the same reason.
There are now 2,056 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War and 340 from the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. A small number, known to have been buried in other civil cemeteries in Cairo but whose graves are now lost, are commemorated by special memorial.
Burials in the following civil cemeteries are now alternatively commemorated in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery:
Cairo (Basatin) Jewish Cemetery
Old Cairo Jewish Cemetery
Cairo Maronite Cemetery
Cairo Civil International Cemetery
Old Cairo New Latin Cemetery
William married Laura HORSFALL on 15 Aug 1914 in St. Matthew's Church, Rastrick, Yorkshire. (Laura HORSFALL was born on 2 Aug 1895 in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, christened on 12 Sep 1895 in St. John's Church, Rastrick, Brighouse, West Yorkshire and died in 1969 in Barnet, Hertfordshire.)