Taukkyan War Cemetery
Taukkyan War cemetery
British military of WWI and WWII
|Owned by||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|No. of graves||6,374|
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The Taukkyan War Cemetery (Burmese: ထောက်ကြံ့ စစ်သင်္ချိုင်း) is a cemetery for Allied soldiers from the British Commonwealth who died in battle in Burma during the Second World War. The cemetery is in the village of Taukkyan, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of Yangon on Pyay Road. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The cemetery contains the graves of 6,374 soldiers who died in the Second World War, the graves of 52 soldiers who died in Burma during the First World War, and memorial pillars (The Rangoon Memorial) with the names of over 27,000 Commonwealth soldiers who died in Burma during the Second World War but who have no known grave. There are 867 graves that contain the remains of unidentified soldiers. It is one of the most visited and high rated war sites of all Asia.
The cemetery was opened in 1951 and the remains of Commonwealth soldiers who died in Meiktila, Akyab (Sittwe), Mandalay, and Sahmaw were transferred here and the graves are grouped together by these battles. A large number of the 27,000 names of Commonwealth soldiers are of the Indian Army and African soldiers who fought and died in Burma. Of the total, 1,819 graves are Indian soldiers.
Victoria Cross holders
- Michael Allmand (1923–1944), for action in Burma on June 23, 1944
- Frank Gerald Blaker (1920–1944), for action in Burma on July 9, 1944
- George Albert Cairns (1913–1944), for action in Burma on March 13, 1944
- Charles Ferguson Hoey (1914-1944), for action in Burma on February 16, 1944
- George Arthur Knowland (1922–1945), for action in Burma on January 31, 1945
- Claud Raymond (1923–1945), for action in Burma on March 21, 1945
- William Basil Weston (1924–1945), for action in Burma on March 3, 1945
Other notable people buried there include:
- South African first-class cricketer Leigh Alexander (1898-1943)
- Englishman Tom Mitford, the only brother of the famous Mitford sisters.
Also inscribed, in English, Hindi, Urdu, Gurmukhi, and Burmese, on the Rangoon Memorial are the words they died for all free men. The Taukkyan Cremation Memorial, also at the site, commemorates more than 1000 soldiers who were cremated according to their faith.
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