Taukkyan War Cemetery War Graves

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Date: 26th December 2016

I learned that one of our group was going to make a visit to the War Graves Commission Cemetery just North of Yangon immediately before our departure.

With my interest in the Battle of Britain, being a Patron of Souvenir Francais and also having made a documentary on Rene Mouchotte, I asked if I could accompany him and he agreed. He was actually on a mission for a friend who's Uncle died in Burma and who has no known grave. We found his name in the central part of the cemetery - a part dedicated to those who have no known resting place.

TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Burma (now Myanmar). It was begun in 1951 for the reception of graves from four battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw which were difficult to access and could not be maintained. The last was an original 'Chindit' cemetery containing many of those who died in the battle for Myitkyina.

The graves have been grouped together at Taukkyan to preserve the individuality of these battlefield cemeteries. It was an attractive and peaceful place and I was pleased to discover a new small Monument and several graves which have only recently been brought to TAUKKYAN. Tragically shortly before the end of the war a Dakota crashed killing all on board - there were two passengers apart from the crew - were they on a secret mission? The crash site was remote and only recently were the remains discovered interred in a Monastery - and reinterred in the TAUKKYAN Cemetery.


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