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English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses), Elvas

The English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses) in Elvas, not far from the Castelo, is the final resting place of many of the men killed in the bloody campaigns of the Peninsular War (1807-1814), especially the horrific storming of the fortress of Badajoz over the border in Spain, where over 4,800 British soldiers lost their lives or were wounded and the equally deadly Battle of Albuera, where another 4,000 soldiers perished.

English Cemetery Elvas
Cemiterio dos Ingleses


Many of the wounded were brought back to Elvas, where scores of men subsequently died and were buried.

English Cemetery Elvas
Gravestone at the cemetery

After so much blood and carnage at the storming of Badajoz, the English soldiers went on the rampage killing over 4,000 of the defenders and civilians in the town. It remains a stain on Britain's military adventures overseas to this day.

Battle of Albuera
Battle of Albuera

Access - Getting There

R. do Quarteis da Corujeira
7350-082 Elvas, Portugal

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king said...

Thank you for including the British Cemetery on your Portugal Blog.

If you would like a better picture of the cemetery, I would be pleased to send it to you. Please reply to

Best wishes,
Sarah King
Friends of the British Cemetery

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