Trincomalee War Cemetery

Trincomalee War Cemetery

Trincomalee War Cemetery
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Trincomalee is a seaport on the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and was formerly a naval station. After the fall of Singapore it became a naval base of importance to our command of shipping in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. The cemetery was originally the Combined Services Cemetery, but was taken over by the Admiralty from the military authorities in April 1948 for use as a permanent naval cemetery. On the withdrawal of United Kingdom Forces from Ceylon it became the property of the Ceylon Government who have granted the Commission security of tenure in perpetuity. Save for a few post-war and non-war graves it is purely a war cemetery, and service war graves were transferred to it from Trincomalee (St. Mary) Churchyard; Trincomalee (St. Stephen's) Cemetery, Kottadi Cemetery, Jaffna; and Vavuiyna Combined Cemetery. A special memorial commemorates a naval man buried in Trincomalee (St. Stephen's) Cemetery whose grave could not be found. The non-war graves are those of men of the Merchant Navy whose death was not due to war service, and of civilians, of whom some were employees of the Admiralty; while the post-war graves were dependents of servicemen, civilian employees of the Admiralty and dependents of such employees.
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broggo14
Victoria, Australia355 contributions
Lest we forget
Mar 2020
Very well maintained and a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. A place for quiet reflection.
Written 28 April 2020
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2onholiday
Galle, Sri Lanka168 contributions
well worth a visit
Feb 2020
Beautifully maintained war cemetery. The staff are very informative regarding the graves of WW2 victims.
Written 18 February 2020
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Steve D
Caerleon, UK337 contributions
Place of reflection
Feb 2020
We visited the Cemetery and were really impressed with the way the place was so beautifully kept. We were given an overview of the history of the Cemetery one of the lads who worked there. It is quite a small place and we spent about 45 minutes looking around.
Written 15 February 2020
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Eleonore Breukel
Amsterdam, The Netherlands11 contributions
Interesting for British
Jan 2020
Interesting for Britisch who colonized and fought the Euroepan wars in the Asian seas. More interesting are the separated graveyards of the Tamils, Singhalese, Christians and Moslims.
Written 4 February 2020
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Alex
London, UK25 contributions
Immaculately kept, important place to cisit
Jan 2020 • Solo
Beautifully maintained Commonwealth war cemetery. Well worth a walk around the 364 headstones. The groundsmen can give some background so worth chatting to them. Really easy walk from the hotels and hostels.
Written 10 January 2020
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,909 contributions
Well maintained war Cemetory consisting of servicemen in World War UK.
Dec 2019 • Friends
The servicemen who were buried in other cemeterird were transferred to this. There are also graces of servicemen's dependents even buried after the war.It is very beautiful. The servicemen of the British Navy. Sri Lanka governmen
Written 21 December 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,845 contributions
British
Nov 2019 • Friends
This basically a British military Cemetery. The Cemetery is well maintained. A good place to visit for history lovers.
Written 2 December 2019
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DanHobs
Bristol, UK322 contributions
A peaceful and well kept place. Only a cemetery. No information boards etc.
Nov 2019 • Couples
Just fyi. It is basically a cemetery, with marked gravestones of around 350 commonwealth soldiers, who died in attacks in WW2, by Japanese on navy ships in the local bay.
There is no informational boards or anything to read. That said, it's a quiet and very well maintained plot to pay respects.
Written 20 November 2019
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SeaFly2016
Mumbai, India80 contributions
Give it a miss!
Sep 2019 • Solo
Did not see anything really special about this venue and child eaisly be given a miss for some more relaxing or scenic spot.
Written 19 October 2019
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka896 contributions
Tombs of fallen soldiers
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is the cemetery of the British soldiers dies in the 2nd world war. It is very well maintained so far. You can see the names and some description of the soldiers in each of the tombs. Since this is a cemetery pay some respect and be decent. Good to spend 10mins in here on your way to nilaveli.
Written 17 October 2019
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