memories of Rod Tallack
Rod's father was Pte Fred Tallack "B" Company 5/7th Gordon Highlanders.
The following is the letter his mother recieved.
||The Rev David W Rutherford
Dear Mrs Tallack
I am just writing a short note giving an account of you husbands
burial. I was down from the line at the battle of Aleaith to
bury some of my own lads, when I was asked to bury your
husband along with two of his comrades. The cemetery stood by
the roadside, about twenty miles from Gabes on the main Sfax
road. There before the open graves we held a simple service,
reading Psalm 23 and Chapter 7 from the Book of Revelations,
and then committed their bodies to the graves, we marked the
graves with small wooden crosses, inscribed with name, number
I have not heard the details of your husbands death, but you will
hear in due course from his own battalion, who are also attending
to the forwarding of his private belongings.
May I express my own sympathy with you in your loss. This is
one of many deaths which have been the necessary price of the
victory in North Africa. They are all heroes - everyone of them
and their comrades wont forget.
David W Rutherford
SFAX WAR CEMETERY TUNISIA
The town of Sfax is 270 kilometres south of Tunis. The war cemetery lies within the
enclosure of the civil cemetery, 2 kilometres south of the town centre on the road
to Gabes. It has a private entrance off the main road which, unfortunately, has to
be kept locked outside of working hours to prevent possible vandalism.
The main gates of the war cemetery are open during working hours; Monday to Thursday
and Saturday from 07.00 to 15.30hrs and Friday 07.00 to 11.00hrs. The cemetery
is closed all day Sunday.
The register is kept in the cemetery register box during working hours
Sfax war cemetery, the town of which is the second largest in Tunisia, was formed by
concentrations from the surrounding battlefields and contains the graves of men who
fell in the battles of Medenine, the Mareth Line and Wadi Akarit, in March and April
1943. The last group of graves to be bought in to Sfax was from a small cemetery
formed at Mareth by the Brigade of Guards.
In total over 1250 graves are situated within the cemetery including one casualty
from the 1914-18 war, originally buried in Bizerta Sidi Saleru Military Cemetery.
Register Text TALLACK, Pte. FREDERICK HARRY, 3133279. 5/7th Bn THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS 5th April,
1943. Husband of Katie Nellie Tallack of Hayes Middlesex. VI. B. 17.
Rod Tallack has contributed the War Diarys of the 5/7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders