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Why Taukkyan War Cemetery is special ?
The Allied War Memorial Cemetery in Taukkyan commemorates over 30,000 British Commonwealth soldiers who died in Burma during World War II. There are 6,374 beautifully well-kept graves in all (along with 52 graves of WWI soldiers). A further 27,000 names of fallen soldiers with no known graves are engraved on the Rangoon Memorial, an imposing and sombre memorial pillar.
The post-war political unrest in Burma meant that the Allied War Memorial Cemetery could not be opened until 1951. Every attempt was made by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to bring in the remains of those who died in different parts of the country, and the graves are grouped into different battles, namely Meiktila, Akyab (Sittwe), Mandalay, and Sahmaw.
What to explore at Taukkyan War Cemetery?
As you would expect from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Taukkyan War Cemetery was beautiful. Its design and features reflect the nature of Burma's weather, that is to say, extremely hot! Even though we were visiting in winter time, it was 35 degrees Celsius. The stones were thus small black blocks and the grass long, thick and well watered.
This cemetery is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Burma. It wasn't able to be started until 1951 due to the continued unrest in Burma after the war. In this interim period, many graves had been lost but several hundred graves were retrieved from scattered positions throughout the country and brought together here.
The cemetery now contains 6,374 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 867 of them unidentified. In the 1950s, the graves of 52 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War were brought into the cemetery from the following cemeteries where permanent maintenance was not possible: Henzada (1); Meiktila Cantonment (8); Thayetmyo New (5); Thamakan (4); Mandalay Military (12) and Maymyo Cantonment (22). Taukkyan War Cemetery also contains: The Rangoon Memorial, which bears the names of almost 27,000 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaigns in Burma and who have no known grave.
How to get to Taukkyan War Cemetery?
To get there, you can take a local bus from the corner of Anawratha Road and Phone Gyi Street (between 12th and 13th) to the junction of Insein Road and Pyay for 200 Kyat (12 pence) then walked through the local neighbourhood that lies between the two and picked up a lain ka (shared pick-up; songthaew in Thailand and Laos) to Taukkyan for 500.
- Good visits for remembrance
- Old Soilders memory place
- Respectful and beautifully maintained
- Peaceful place to pay respect
- A Humbling Experience
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I echo all that has been said below. A very peaceful place to remember the brave soldiers who died in WW2, some so very young. Touching to read so many graves with messages from their loved ones, even words like - they cannot come so far to see their son's grave. Many graves to soldiers of different nationalities fighting with the British. It is beautifully kept with short grass and walkways, although we noticed that the graves at the back needed a clean/renovation as the words were becoming hard to read. I hope that the War Grave commission is slowly renovating these brave people's final resting place as most of the graves were in top condition. RIP brave & young soldiers.
(1939 - 1945) THE LAND ON WHICH THIS CEMETERY STANDS IS THE GIFT OF THE BURMESE PEOPLE FOR THE PERPETUAL RESTING PLACE OF THE SAILORS, SOLDIER AND AIRMEN WHO ARE HONOURED HERE.