Chittagong Commonwealth War Cemetery
Commonwealth War Cemetery Chittagong
|Year established||After World War II (1939-1945)|
|Number of graves||755|
This cemetery was established to show the honor for the soldiers and others who died in World war II. The cemetery was created by the British Army, and there were originally about 400 burials. Graves have since been transferred to this cemetery from the Lushai Hills (Assam) and other isolated sites, and from Chittagong Civil Cemetery; Chandragona Baptist Mission Cemetery; Chiringa Military Cemetery; Cox's Bazar New Military and Civil (Muhammadan) Cemeteries; Chittagong (Panchalaish) Burial Ground; Dacca Military Cemetery; Demagiri Cemetery; Dhuapolong Muslim Burial Ground; Dhuapolong Christian Military Cemetery; Dohazari Military and R.A.F. Cemeteries; Jessore Protestant Cemetery; Khulna Cemetery; Khurushkul Island Christian and Muhammadan Cemeteries; Lungleh Cemetery (Assam); Nawapara Cemetery (Assam); Patiya Military Cemetery, Rangamati Cemetery; Tejgaon Roman Catholic Cemetery; Tumru Ghat Military Cemetery and Tumru M.D.S. Hospital Cemetery.
There are now 731 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war here, 17 of which are unidentified.
Commonwealth War Cemetery Chittagong is in Dampara locality, No 19 Badsha Mia Road, 22 kilometers north of the airport and 8 kilometers from the port on a site which was formerly paddy fields, but which has now been developed.
It is near the arts college and close by Finlay's Guest Houses near Chatteshanry Road; a well known road leading to the Hindu Kali Bari Temple. There is no C.W.G.C. road direction sign.
The burial area is situated at the bottom of a slope directly behind Finlay's Guest Houses and is surrounded by a large area planted with a mixture of jungle trees, fruit trees and flowering trees. It is not easily seen from the road.
Visitors are allowed to visit this cemetery from 9.00am to 12.00pm and 3.00pm to 5.00pm of the day.
The war casualties served in the forces of
- United Kingdom — 378
- Canada — 25
- Australia — 9
- New Zealand — 2
- Undivided India — 214
- East Africa — 11
- West Africa — 90
- Burma — 2
- Netherlands — 1
- Japan — 19
- Others — 4
- Statistics source:TraceofWar
- Kaj Metz,http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/18878/Commonwealth-War-Cemetery-Chittagong.htm Traceofwar