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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

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.

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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.

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 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
War Cemetery Taukkyan
War Cemetery Taukkyan
    St. Leger Graham Potgieter (d. 11 Feb 1945)
War Cemetery Thornaby-On-Tees
War Cemetery Thornaby-On-Tees
The cemetery contains war graves of both World Wars, the First World War burials being scattered throughout the cemetery. During the Second World War there was a Royal Air Force Station at Thornaby-on-Tees and most of the servicemen buried in the war graves plot, in Plot O on the southern boundary of the cemetery, were airmen. The small number of graves not in the plot are scattered elsewhere. The Cross of Sacrifice, erected as a central memorial to the dead of both world wars, stands at the opposite side of the cemetery to the plot, at the intersection of the two main paths leading from the two entrances. Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery contains 30 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 86 from the Second. The war graves plot also contains 30 German war graves. 
Wessel Hendrik van Heerden (7 Dec 1922 - 14 Mar 1986)
Wessel Hendrik van Heerden (7 Dec 1922 - 14 Mar 1986)
Husband of Eda Martina Morkel 
Willem Izak (Bill) Louw (31 Jan 1924 - 5 Aug 1985)
Willem Izak (Bill) Louw (31 Jan 1924 - 5 Aug 1985)
Husband of Valencia Elsie (Vale) (née Potgieter) Louw 

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

 #   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Died/Buried   Person ID 
1. Potgieter, Lieutenant (Pilot) St. Leger Graham   bur. 1945I393

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