Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
As I entered the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, my feet froze. I stood there staring at those small memorials of 6982 POWs of WW II. I looked at one, where some fresh flowers were arranged, I could comprehend the grief and pain of those family members who come looking for the graves of their relatives to pay tribute.
The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, locally known as the Don-Rak War Cemetery, is the main Prisoner of War (POW) cemetery associated with victims of the Burma Railway.
The Burma-Siam railway, built by the Commonwealth, Dutch and American POWs, was a Japanese project to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approx. 13,000 POWs died and were buried along the railway.
The graves were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated places into three cemeteries. This war cemetery is one of them.
There are two more graves in the cemetery with names of 300 men inscribed on panels in the shelter pavilion. These men had died mostly from a Cholera epidemic in May-June 1943 at Nieke camp. They were cremated and their ashes now lie in these two graves. You can see flowers left on the graves by loved ones from all over the world. It evokes a whole lot of emotions for any visitor.
The graves in the cemetery belong to mostly Australian, British and 1896 Dutch. To right of entrance are British and to the left Dutch and Australians. Each one of them has a small plant or a tree to give it company. It was designed by Colin St Clair Oakes. Adjacent to an older Chinese cemetery, this is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is well maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Although we spoke about graves, I do not think these are real graves, for, they are too close to each other and too small. I guess these are more of memorials.
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It is wonderful to see that how well maintained the cemetery is, it shows that people still respect and pay tribute to the ones who lost their lives. 🙂
Exactly my thoughts! 🙂
The least we can do to those POWs is to respect their lives & contribution in a beautiful way.
What lovely shots.
Thank you. 🙂
Your pics make this place very beautiful, a fitting tribute to the prisoners of war.
Thank you very much.
Don’t you think these places should be beautiful just like their lives? 🙂
This is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have been to. Nice post, Nisha.
Same here. Thank you.
The time you came was more colorful than when we were there. You really made me dig for the old files, that time i went with an international group of friends for a follow-up conference on what we started in Sweden. Now i miss my friends from around the world.
Yes I think you are right.
I am so glad that I could make you rummage through your photos and then miss your friends. 😀
In return, I get to see a gorgeous photo. 🙂
We need similar memorials for our war heros…
I have been to Imphal, you will same designed war cemetery over there.
If u get time kindly go through my post on Imphal.
Oh really? I didn’t know that.
Can you pls share the link of that post?
Lest we forget.
Pls call me mahesh not maheshji
okay, okay. 🙂
Thanks so much for the link. It looks very same.
Have commented there.
Remember me ?? 🙂 Awesome pics and wonderful thoughts shared by you !!
How can I forget you yaar? So happy to see you here. What a pleasant surprise! 😀
How are things with you? 😀