Grand Casablanca Morocco
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This is a very large civilian cemetery, approximately 6 kilometres from Casablanca town centre and between the main road to Marrakech and the road known as Oulad Zianc. It is best reached by taxi. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot is located amongst the other nationalities' military plots on the right-hand side at the far end of the main road coming from the Cemetery entrance.
Military interments at the cemetery are primarily from the period after American troops landed at Casablanca at the beginning of the Allied campaign in north-west Africa. Ben M'Sik European Cemetery contains 38 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The Commonwealth plot also contains two war graves of other nationalities and seven non-war burials. Among the latter is the grave of Field Marshall Sir Claude Auchinleck who held a number of commands during the Second World War. He died in 1981 at the age of 96, and is buried alongside Galley Boy Raymond Steed, who at 14 years of age was the youngest known Commonwealth casualty of the Second World War.
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