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 Cemetery (War Memorial), Taukkyan, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

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Latitude: 17.03567466963676, Longitude: 96.13219499588012
Cemetery (War Memorial), Taukkyan

Notes:
1. Taukkyan War Cemetery is a memorial to allied soldiers from the British Commonwealth who died in battle in Burma during the Second World War. The cemetery contains the graves of 6374 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 27000 commonwealth soldiers who died in Burma during the Second World War but who have no known grave.[1] 867 graves contain the remains of unidentified soldiers.[2]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 27000 names of commonwealth soldiers are of the many Indian and African soldiers who fought and died in Burma. 1819 graves, an unusually high number, are those of Indian soldiers.[3] Five holders of the Victoria Cross are interred at this site and the names of several (including five Indian VC holders) are inscribed on the Rangoon Memorial.[4] Also inscribed, in English, Hindi, Urdu, Gurmukhi, and Burmese, on the Rangoon Memorial are the words they died for all free men.[5] The Taukkyan Cremation Memorial, also at the site, commemorates more than 1000 soldiers who were cremated according to their faith.[6]

The cemetery is in the village of Taukkyan, an outskirt of Yangon, about 25km north of the city on Pyay Road (formerly Prome Road). It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

See - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taukkyan_War_Cemetery

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2. TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Burma (now Myanmar). It was begun in 1951 for the reception of graves from four battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw which were difficult to access and could not be maintained. The last was an original 'Chindit' cemetery containing many of those who died in the battle for Myitkyina. The graves have been grouped together at Taukkyan to preserve the individuality of these battlefield cemeteries Burials were also transferred from civil and cantonment cemeteries, and from a number of isolated jungle and roadside sites. Because of prolonged post-war unrest, considerable delay occurred before the Army Graves Service were able to complete their work, and in the meantime many such graves had disappeared. However, when the task was resumed, several hundred more 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. The TAUKKYAN CREMATION MEMORIAL commemorating more than 1,000 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith. The TAUKKYAN MEMORIAL which commemorates 45 servicemen of both wars who died and were buried elsewhere in Burma but whose graves could not be maintained.

See - http://www.australianwargraves.org/countries/myanmar.php


Cemetery Photos

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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 - 11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 - 11 Feb 1945)
Son of Albert St. Leger & Franzina Susanah Lesia (Kruger) Potgieter 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
A Christmas card sent to Una, Viv, Alf & Alf Potgieter. 1943 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Son of Albert St. Leger & Franzina Susanah Lesia Potgieter 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Son of Albert St. Leger & Franzina Susanah Lesia Potgieter 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Back of a Christmas card sent to Una, Viv, Alf & Alf Potgieter. 1943 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Graves Registration Report 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Imperial War Graves Commision, South East Asia 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Headstone Schedules 
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Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter (22 Apr 1924 -11 Feb 1945)
Taukkyan War Cemetery Rangoon, Register 
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Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar
Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar
http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2007400/THANBYUZAYAT%20WAR%20CEMETERY 


All Burials in Cemetery (War Memorial), Taukkyan, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

  Last Name, Given Name(s) Born Died Buried Spouse(s)
1. Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham Potgieter 22 Apr 1924Vrede, Free State, South AfricaFind all individuals with events at this location11 Feb 1945Sinthe, Ayeyarwady, Myanmar (Burma)Find all individuals with events at this location

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