Monday, 1 November 2010

The Kranji War Cemetery - part 2

The Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore is the final resting place for 4,458 allied servicemen in marked graves laid out in rows on maintained and manicured lawns.

Over 850 of these graves are unidentified.

Originally a hospital burial ground during the Japanese Occupation period, it became a military cemetery at the end of the war. Military servicemen buried elsewhere in Singapore were exhumed and reburied at the memorial. 

The Indian Soldiers' were not buried at the Kranji War Memorial as they were supposed to be cremated. Instead their names were engraved on the memorial walls. 

Kranji War Cemetery is 22 kilometres north of the city of Singapore, on the north side of Singapore Island overlooking the Straits of Johore. It is just off the Singapore-Johore road (Woodlands Road) at the milestone 13 1/2, and there is a short approach road from the main road. The Cemetery is known locally as Kranji Memorial.
The blog posting on the Kranji War Memorial is HERE

The following general images were taken around the Cemetery at Kranji.

 The remains of 64 soldiers who served in World War 1 and 4,458 men and women who died during World War 11 are found in the War Cemetery, along with 850 unidentified tombs.

The graves are marked by rectangular headstones of a special, copyrighted design.

These are inscribed with an emblem, such as the serviceman's regiment, 
regimental number, rank, name (initials and surname, unless family requested otherwise) date of death and age, followed by a religious symbol.

The rows of gravestones are made of Italian limestone, which can resist tropical weather.

They are set into concrete headstone beams just under ground level, to keep them straight. 
The edge of the first and last stones in each row are inscribed with the plot and row, 
to help visitors find individual markers.
On April 25 each year, the people of Australia and New-Zealand commemorate the battle of Gallipoli (Dardanelles) in 1915. Over time, the scope has broadened. 

A pre-dawn ceremony is organized at Kranji War Memorial to honour all soldiers 
(Australia & New Zealand Army Corps) 
who have fought and died for their countries in all conflicts of the previous, 
and sadly also this, century. 

 my previous blog posting on the 
Kranji War Memorial
can be found HERE

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