Fajara War Cemetery, on Kairaba Avenue (Pipeline Road), has well manicured
lawns and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. During
World War 2, The Gambia, along with other British colonies in West Africa,
was used as a landing and take-off site for aircraft flying to towards
the North African and Middle East battle fronts. Bathurst was also used
as a naval base. Sea vessels headed for the Far East, and India via
South Africa used the port at Banjul.
There are 199 identified (4 unidentified) casualties of war, predominantly
West African, but also Canadian, British and other nationalities, are
interred here, their graves aligned in straight rows between well trimmed
shrubs. A R.W.A.F.F. Memorial Tablet also stands here in tribute to
the 33 Gambians who served in the Royal West African Frontier Forces
who died whilst serving in West Africa and whose graves are unknown
or cannot be properly maintained. There are also 10 non-war service
burials and 3 war graves of other nationalities.
taken from cwgc.org]
The abbreviation R.W.A.F.F. that appears in many records stands for
Royal West African Field Force. Also that several of those
buried here died of Blackwater fever: Blackwater fever is a complication
of malaria infection in which red blood cells burst in the bloodstream
(hemolysis), releasing hemoglobin directly into the blood vessels and
into the urine, frequently leading to kidney failure.