The Taiping War Cemetery, also known as the Commonwealth War Cemetery, is a memorial and the final resting place for fallen Allied soldiers who fought and gave their lives defending the people of Malaya from the encroaching Japanese army during World War II. The memorial was built in 1947, established by Major J.H. Ingram, who led a team of 30 people (the No. 46 War Graves Registration Unit) in recovering bodies of the fallen from all parts of Malaya. In some cases, Sakai (Orang Asli) guides were used to locate war graves that were deep in the jungle. Bodies of the fallen were exhumed and reinterred here at the Taiping War Cemetery. Five men from Taiping are buried here:
- Captain Ong Kim Sai,
- Lieutenant Sergeant Khoo Heng Peng,
- Corporal Chan Kam Weng,
- Private Tang Bee Choon and
- Private Lim Poh Aun.
Other personnel buried here originate from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
The cemetery has 866 tombstones, of which only 331 bear names. The remaining 533 graves belong to soldiers whose remains could not be identified. Major Ingram attributed the failure to identify so many to the “worthless identification discs” issued by the British military.
The cemetery is divided into two sections, where the graves of Christian soldiers are on one side of the memorial where the Cross of Sacrifice is located, and the Muslim and Gurkha graves on the other side of the memorial, where the Stone of Remembrance is located. Muslim graves are oriented in the direction of Mecca, as is required by Islamic jurisprudence.
The Cemetery is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The Cemetery is open from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. The Taiping War Cemetery is stop number 39 on the Taiping Heritage Trail.
Military Units with Personnel Interned at Taiping War Cemetery:
- Australian Army Service Corps
- Australian Infantry
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Royal Australian Artillery
- 10th Baluch Regiment
- 12th Frontier Force Regiment
- 13th Frontier Force Rifles
- 14th Punjab Regiment
- 16th Punjab Regiment
- 17th Dogra Regiment
- 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles
- 19th King George V’s Own Lancers, IAC
- 1st King George V’s Own Gurkha Rifles
- 2nd Punjab Regiment
- 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)
- 8th Punjab Regiment
- 9th Jat Regiment
- Bahawalpur Infantry
- Baluch Regiment
- Indian Army Medical Corps
- Indian Army Ordnance Corps
- Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
- Indian Engineers
- Indian Pioneer Corps
- King George V’s Own Bengal Sappers and Miners
- Royal Bombay Sappers and Miners
- Royal Indian Army Service Corps
- Royal Indian Artillery
- Royal Indian Engineers
- Royal New Zealand Air Force
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
- Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
- Cambridgeshire Regiment
- East Surrey Regiment
- Essex Regiment
- Gordon Highlanders
- Hampshire Regiment
- Intelligence Corps
- King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
- Leicestershire Regiment
- Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
- Royal Air Force
- Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
- Royal Armoured Corps
- Royal Army Medical Corps
- Royal Army Service Corps
- Royal Artillery
- Royal Berkshire Regiment
- Royal Corps of Signals
- Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
- Royal Engineers
- Royal Marines
- Royal Naval Patrol Service
- Royal Naval Reserve
- Royal Navy
- Royal Norfolk Regiment
- Royal Sussex Regiment
- Seaforth Highlanders
- Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
- Parachute Regiment, AAC
- West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
Federated Malay StatesFederated Malay States Volunteer Forces
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