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Commonwealth War Graves Commission - featuring Kilchoman Military Cemetery, Islay

25 September 2021 (Online)

26 September 2021 (Online)

Argyll & Bute

This cemetery was made for the burial of the dead from H.M.S. "Otranto," sunk on the 6th October, 1918, after a collision. In the South part were buried the recovered bodies of the American soldiers on board, but all have been removed; in the North part are buried 73 sailors and Marines (including 43 unidentified) and one merchant sailor, of whom 71 belonged to "Otranto." (The three other graves were brought in from the shore of Machir Bay and from Port Charlotte New Cemetery, where some of the American dead from the S.S. "Tuscania" were buried.)

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Virtual Tour

Kilchoman Military Cemetery is a fascinating cemetery to explore! It overlooks Machir Bay to the West where the tragedy with HMS Otranto took place. The tour will start from the main entrance of the cemetery. Come along on this virtual tour to find out more about how the individuals buried in the cemetery are commemorated and how the CWGC continues its work to care for these graves as well as 1.7 million others around the world.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

  • Kilchoman Military Cemetery
  • Isle of Islay
  • PA49 7UY