Taukkyan War Cemetery

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Taukkyan War Cemetery
Taukkyan War cemetery
Taukkyan War Cemetery is located in Myanmar
Taukkyan War Cemetery
Location of Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma.
Established 1951
Htauk Kyant
Country Burma
Coordinates 17°02′08″N 96°07′54″E / 17.0356°N 96.1317°E / 17.0356; 96.1317
Type 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 in the Burma Campaign but who have no known grave.[1] There are 867 graves that contain the remains of unidentified soldiers.[2] 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.[3]

Victoria Cross holders

Seven holders of the Victoria Cross (VC) are interred at this site and the names of several (including five Indian VC holders) are inscribed on the Rangoon Memorial.[4] The interred soldiers are:[5]

Other notable people buried there include:

Memorial plaque in English, Hindi, and Gurmukhi

Also inscribed, in English, Hindi, Urdu, Gurmukhi, and Burmese, on the Rangoon Memorial are the words they died for all free men.[7] The Taukkyan Cremation Memorial, also at the site, commemorates more than 1000 soldiers who were cremated according to their faith.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Cemetery details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  2. ^ Australian War Graves Photographic Archive Archived 2008-04-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ United Sikhs
  4. ^ VC Burials World-Wide – Burma
  5. ^ Famous names: Taukkyan War Cemetery at Find a Grave
  6. ^ [1] CWGC casualty record, Leigh Alexander.
  7. ^ BBC – WW2 People's War – A Highland Chindit
  8. ^ Taukkyan Memorial

External links

  • Geographic data related to Taukkyan War Cemetery at OpenStreetMap
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