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“Very Moving Cemetery well tended”

Trincomalee War Cemetery
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Trincomalee
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Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Very Moving Cemetery well tended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

This oasis of green and calm on the edge of Trinco is just so very moving. The headstones chart the loss of life of mainly naval personnel and airmen who came under tremendous attack during the war and some died well after the war was won and are buried here too. The Gardener will take you around and give you some information to read, and some of the headstones have been bullet holed in the latest Civil war so they are being replaced. The Jewish, Moslem and Christian faiths are represented and Kiwis, Aussies, Brits, Dutch, Malay, Indian and Sri Lankans are all buried together

Visited June 2013
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“Beautifully maintained”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

Peaceful, respectful place. Such young men dying makes one weep. It was a moving tribute to soldiers everywhere.

Visited May 2013
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“Not sure if this place gets the recognition it is due.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

Whilst one of the best maintained war cemetaries in Sri Lanka, I am not sure if the existence of the Trincomalee war cemetary is known to many. It certainly is not listed in any of the tourist maps as a place to visit. And fully worth a visit it is, especially if you are a war historian or someone who's family or country has been touched by the second world war. This is primarily a British war cemetary and maintained (beautifully I must say) from a grant from England. You are not allowed to film or take photos here, but just a stroll amongst the tombstones of the fallen, is a very poignant and sobering experience.

Visited April 2013
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“A beautiful place to reflect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

The WWII cemetery is beautifully kept and serves as a fitting memorial to those who lost their lives in the Second World War. The guardian is extremely helpful and treats the place as though it was his own. He took over the job from his father. Most of the British dead were in the Navy and with them lie friends from India, Canada and Sri Lanka.

Visited May 2013
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