Cape Town and nearby Simon's Town were the scene of massive shipping movements (including hospital ships) during both World Wars. During the Second World War naval and maritime air operations were conducted from the area. Instruction under the Empire Air Training Scheme was conducted at 65 and 66 Air School at nearby Youngsfield Aerodrome. Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery contains 77 burials of the First World War and 106 from the Second World War, 1 of which is unidentified. Most of the burials are of naval personnel. There are also 2 non-war burials in the Commission's care.
Lewisham Residents remembered here include:
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