Gibraltar was never on my top 10 places to visit, I don’t actually think it was on my list at all. But it was just a stop on a Transatlantic cruise that we did a few years back. We did a shore excursion, which was just a city tour which is where we saw the Apes. After our short morning tour, we wandered around town – with no particular agenda.
Sometimes this is the best way to see a place, to just explore and be surprised by what you find.
Near the South Bastion wall, is the Trafalgar Cemetery. Whilst the cemetery commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), the cemetery actually only has two burials of those that died from wounds received during the battle. Most who died in the conflict were buried at sea – being a sea battle and all and others that died of wounds in Gibraltar were buried in another location nearby.
The actual cemetery pre-dates the battle and was consecrated in 1798, graves are dated from this time up until 1814, with another burial in 1838. There are a number of grave stones that have since been relocated here from other graveyards.
Many of the graves are from those who died of yellow fever epidemics in the early 1800s as well as those who died in other sea battles of the era.