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In Memory of


H.M.S. Ramillies., Royal Marines
who died on
Wednesday, 27th November 1940. Age 20.

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Son of James Alexander Brander and Isabella Brander, of Seggiecrook, Duncanstone, Aberdeenshire.

James Alexander Brander, Snr d 1/2/1950 at Seggiecrook age 70. Isabella Masson d 1/3/1960 age 73.
They are interred at Kennethmont CY (New).
Their headstone also records the death of their son James in Egypt age 20 on 27/11/1940.

James Alexander Brander was born on 21st March 1920 at Crichneylade, St Katherines, Fyvie. His father was a farm servant there, later at Guise of Tough, before taking the tenancy of the farm of Seggiecrook in 1922. Having the same name as his father James was known as Sandy to his family and friends. He was a farm worker before joining The Royal Marines.

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Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
2. B. 1.


The grave of James Brander

The cemetery is situated less than a kilometre north-west of Ismailia Town Centre on the Port Said Road. It is contained within the main Ismailia Civilian Cemetery complex, access to which is via the large iron gates opposite the Bus Station. The cemetery is approximately 75 metres down the unmetalled roadway.
Historical Information: Ismailia is a town on the West side of the Suez Canal, at the point where it enters Lake Timsah. It was saved from an attack by Turkish forces in the "Actions on the Suez Canal", February, 1915; and at Gebel Mariam, near Ismailia, a Memorial has been erected to those who fell in the defence of the Canal. Outside it, in 1916, were a camp and a hospital for Turkish Prisoners, an Egyptian Labour Corps camp (with an Egyptian hospital), an aerodrome, and the Moaskar Camp. In February 1916, there were at Ismailia and Serapeum the New Zealand and No. 1 Australian Stationary Hospitals and Nos. 1 and 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Stations; and other medical units came later. It was begun in February 1915; and after the Armistice 158 graves were brought into it from the cemeteries at Abu Sueir, Ballah, El Ferdan and Serapeum, from the Christian Cemetery, and from isolated positions. In the early part of the 1939-1945 War additional ground to the north of the existing war graves, and on a slightly lower level, was set aside for service war burials, and has since been incorporated in the War Memorial Cemetery. Two flights of steps lead down to these graves from behind the Cross of Sacrifice. The 1939-1945 burials include 38 graves moved in from the Ismailia Civilian Moslem Cemetery, where permanent maintenance was not possible. There are nearly 400, 1914-1918 and 300, 1939-1945 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. In addition there are almost as many non-war graves, mainly of servicemen and their dependants who were stationed at the garrison between the wars.