to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
View cemetery plan
The Cross of
Sacrifice, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Cemetery with the Memorial Building in the background.
Note : Cemetery staff, who keep them beautifully, are at work
on the graves.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery contains the graves of nearly 7,000
Commonwealth servicemen who died due to illness or maltreatment while
in the "care " of the Japanese.
Due to problems created by climatic conditions in the region the traditional
Portland headstones are not used. The casualty's details are instead
recorded on bronze plaques mounted on low pedestals.
The graves of soldiers " Known unto God". The
cholera victims grave is behind them in Plot IX.
Near Kanchanaburi was Kanburi POW Base Camp
and associated hospitals. Most prisoners who worked on the railway
passed through here on their way to other camps
After the war those who had been buried
in the numerous camps alongside the railway were transferred
to three new cemeteries at Thanbyuzayat, Chungkai and Kanchanaburi.
The dead from camp burial grounds on the southern section of
the railway, Bangkok to Nikki, were moved to Kanchanaburi and
This included the ashes of 300 prisoners who were cremated at
Nikki (Nieke) Camp to try to halt a serious Cholera epidemic
in May / June 1943. Their ashes were buried at Nikke but were
later moved to two adjoining graves in Plot IX at Kanchanaburi.
Among their number were 22 members of the 2nd Battn of The Gordon
Highlanders, including Sandy MacDonald.
graves contain the ashes of the victims of the 1943 Cholera
epidemic at Nikki.
The bronze plaque over the
graves bears the inscription
"HERE ARE BURIED THE ASHES OF
300 SOLDIERS WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED IN THE MEMORIAL BUILDING
IN THIS CEMETERY".
on image to view memorial and Gordon Highlander's names
The author is extremely grateful to Holly McKenzie of Cambridge
to have these photographs taken at Kanchanaburi, Thailand..
Photographed July 2002.