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Deaths - Who to contact

 

THE BRITISH CEMETERY COMMITTEE KYRENIA

P.O. Box 168, Girne, Mersin 10, Turkey

Chairman: Mr. E.H. Fellows MBE Tel: 825 2443 or 0542-852-0236

Deputy Chair & Hon. Treasurer: Mr. Tim Harris: 0533-845-2305

Hon. Secretary: Mrs Heather Bealer 821-1205 0533-870-0797

There are no Undertakers or Funeral Directors in the TRNC and as this is a Muslim country there is no Crematorium. In the event of the death of a British Passport holder or their spouse or partner, contact should be made immediately with a member of the British Cemetery Committee who will be able to provide help and advice regarding official requirements and will be able to make funeral arrangements. 

Following the events of 1974 it was decided by a small (voluntary) group of people that a committee should be formed to facilitate the burial of foreign, predominately British, residents. Since that time the procedures have been refined and the British Cemetery Committee Kyrenia is now responsible for the maintenance and use of the several British Cemeteries in the Kyrenia region with the exception of Cemeteries in Lapta, Alsancak and Karaman  (information can be provided separately for these Cemeteries). Famagusta has its own Cemetery and Committee, contact Ann Kelly on 0533 860 7258. 

In 2010 the British Cemetery Committee Kyrenia  opened a new cemetery which is situated to the south of the new bypass above the Girne American University. It is signposted to the left from the bypass, for traffic coming from the Girne area. Having turned left travel for 60 metres and then turn left again across the front of a red pump house and follow the GreenHill signs towards St Hilarion. Alternatively or coming from the west turn up towards the Turkish Army camp at the roundabout above Girne American University and then turn left across the front of the row of houses until you come to the red pump house and then follow the previous instructions. The track up to the Green Hill Cemetery is awaiting tarmacking but carries markers along its 1.5 kilometres length.

The Green Hill Cemetery is open to all British passport holders of whatever denomination and services can be held by Chaplain, Pastor or Priest a Humanist Service can also be organised. Those of the Jewish faith are advised to contact their Rabbi.

The Committee requires the deceased to be laid out (ie dressed) following an autopsy and would prefer this for all funerals. It cannot carry out this work itself but can provide the names of people who can. The laying out must be done the day before the funeral and the dressers will require a photograph of the details page of the deceased’s passport.

The Committee will provide a coffin, transport of same from the Mortuary, a grave site, metal surround and a plaque giving the name of the deceased, their date of death and plot number. It will backfill the grave and carry out basic maintenance of the Cemetery but not the grave site. The fees charged by the Committee include all charges with the exception of an autopsy fee (should it be necessary) and the  Chaplain’s fee which are matter for the next of kin.

The Committee will also provide advice for the completion of the necessary formalities and whilst recommending that a permanent memorial is not placed on or around the grave for a minimum of 18 months, will also advise on the dimensions and style of any such memorial.

The current (January 2016) charges for the Committee’s services are £1000.00, for a funeral. £1500 for Non Residents. The next of kin of tourists are advised to check their relative/friend’s travel documents, as most travel insurance offers free repatriation. 

The Committee can advise on repatriation.

As weather conditions make it difficult to dig graves during most of the year, the Committee keeps several graves dug and will always use graves in sequence. 

The Committee suggests that by opening a special 30 day call account in Sterling (joint signatures for a couple) with a local Bank, people can build up sufficient funds to cover the cost of a funeral for one or both of them. By this means the relevant sum can built up by instalments that can be accessed by either party or indeed by an Executor provided the existence of the account is noted in the respective parties wills.

 Such an account (which is interest bearing) will also relieve the next of kin of the onus of finding funds at a particularly stressful time. 

This is known to the Committee as the Call Account Option and the only stipulation is that the Committee must be advised by letter that such an account has been created in order that the Hon Treasurer can advise of any increase in funeral charges.     

The Cemeteries themselves are a record of the history of the last 140 years of a British presence on the Island and in order that this may not be lost, the Committee commissioned Dorothyann Betts to produce a booklet with information on some of the people buried in the Old British Cemetery. Entitled “Shadows of Empire” it can be obtained from any Committee member. It is hoped that more information will come to light that can be incorporated in another edition and that a similar project will be undertaken for the New British Cemetery whilst memories are still with us.

The Cemeteries themselves are a record of the history of the last 140 years of a British presence on the Island and in order that this may not be lost, the Committee commissioned Dorothyann Betts to produce a booklet with information on some of the people buried in the Old British Cemetery. Entitled “Shadows of Empire” it can be obtained from any Committee member. It is hoped that more information will come to light that can be incorporated in another edition and that a similar project will be undertaken for the New British Cemetery whilst memories are still with us.

A full list of members of the British Cemetery Committee is given below and gives all their contact details. In the event of a death, any member may be contacted but preference should be for Harry Fellows or Tim Harris.

The Cemetery Committee is a voluntary organisation that depends on public subscription for the maintenance of the British Cemeteries, donations therefore, are always welcome.

MEMBERS CONTACT DETAILS

Chairman Harry Fellows MBE: Tel: 825 2443 or 0542 852 0236

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Fax: 825 2443 PO Box 119 Girne

Hon. Treasurer & Deputy Chairman  Tim Harris: 0533 845 2305

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Hon. Secretary Heather Bealer: 821 1205 or 0533 877 4539 or 0533 870 0797

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Bill Grundy: 0542 889 0072

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Keith Roberts: 0533 871 0831

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Christine Penney: 0533 845 3495

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Nigel Astbury: 0533 840 8149

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Simon Trimble: 0542 874 2355

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Kim Tyler: 0533-847-4333

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Stephen Templeman 0533-822-7807

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Ex officio member 

Rev’d Wendy Hough: 815 4329 or 0533 833 6346

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