Published By John Davies
Middle East. 1916
Minia. 1/1 Shropshire Yeomanry. 24 October 1916.
Minia, modern day Minya, is about 250 Kms south of Cairo on the River Nile. During World War 1 it was garrisoned by British troops of the Suez Canal Defence Force. CWGC lists 5 men from Shropshire Yeomanry who died between April 24 – October 24 1916 and who were buried at Minia. In total 85 casualties were buried at Minia, all were later re-interred at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.
In November 1916, during the Senussi uprising Minia was at the southern limit of the attack. The Senussi were a religious sect which, supported and instigated by the Ottoman Empire, invaded Egypt from Libya and advance on the Canal. The insurrection was characterise by raids and skirmishes and lasted until early 1916. In August the sect and Ottomans were defeated at the Battle of Romani and the Canal was secured.
B&O. Middle East. Minia. 1/1 Shropshire Yeomanry. 24 October 1916.