A British Military Cemetery near Delphi
On your way from Amfissa to Lamia, just outside of the village of Gravia you may notice on the right side of the road a well-built stone fence, with an engraved inscription BRALO BRITISH CEMETERY.
But why is there a British cemetery in Fokida, when was it built, who is buried there, and who takes care of this very-well preserved monument?
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the Bralos Cemetery was built in 1917 during the First World War when the Entente armies diverted the Thessaloniki communication lines through Bralo, Itea and Taranto because of German submarine activity in the Mediterranean.
The 49th Stationary Hospital was gradually transferred to Bralo and rest camps were established at Bralo and Itea. The cemetery was established in October 1917 and was used until April 1919.
Today there are 102 graves, 95 of which belong to men from the British Commonwealth and 7 from other nationalities. Please note that a large proportion of the burials are due to the influenza epidemic (Spanish Flu) which ravaged the world from 1918 to 1920.
The Cemetery is open and may be visited at any time.