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The British Cemetery in Elvas, Portugal

is the only cemetery in the Iberian Peninsula to hold the bodies of men killed in battle during the Peninsular War.

The British Cemetery in Elvas, Portugal, is the one of the oldest British Military Cemeteries in existence. It holds just five known graves, but two of these are the only marked graves of thousands of British soldiers who fell at the Battle of Albuera and another is a memorial to one of the thousands who fell during the three sieges of Badajoz.

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The British Cemetery in Elvas, Portugal

The Association of the Friends of the British Cemetery

was founded to undertake the maintenance of the neglected British Cemetery.

As part of our project to install memorials to all the regiments that fought in the battle of Albuera and the sieges of Badajoz, in 2000 the Portuguese Army funded a major restoration of the Cemetery, which is now an attractive and peaceful place.

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The Association of the Friends of the British Cemetery

‘Tales of the British Cemetery’ - ON SALE NOW

An illustrated book of the history of the cemetery and of those buried in it, and also of the associated battles and sieges and the history of Elvas.

This splendidly produced book of over 100 pages in both English and Portuguese contains not only historical details of those buried in the British Cemetery in Elvas, but also details of the Chapel and its connection with the Order of Malta.  

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‘Tales of the British Cemetery’ - ON SALE NOW

Future & Past Events

Remembrance Day Ceremony and AGM, 2020
11 - 12 Nov '20

Remembrance Day Ceremony and AGM, 2020

British Cemetery, Elvas
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As Patron of the Friends of the British Cemetery, I welcome this rejuvenated website.  It will help keep alive the memories of the most successful campaign ever waged by the British Army under the command of my ancestor, the First Duke of Wellington.

Lady Jane Wellesley, sister of the 9th Duke of Wellington and patron of our Association
Lady Jane Wellesley