The Grave of Sergeant McGaw VC


The site of Sergeant Sam McGraw's death and burial was sketched and published in the Illustrated London News of 17 Aug 1878. In the illustration an officer records the location with an early theodolite while a mounted officer looks on. The standing officer is in shirt sleeves while the mounted officer wears the doublet and trews that the regiment wore when McGaw collapsed from heatstroke. The grave was temporary and his remains were exhumed in 1883, re-buried in the Old British Cemetery, Kyrenia where his sarcophagus can still be seen.


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by Stephen Luscombe