Taukkyan War Cemetery – Yangon Attractions
Located in the Taukkyan town in Mingaladon in the greater Yangon area, the Taukkyan War Cemetery is a memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the Allied forces from the British Commonwealth who lost their lives during the Second World War. The cemetery comprises the graves of 6374 soldiers.
The cemetery is one of the largest three cemeteries in the country and it was started in 1951 for graves from four battlefield cemeteries located in Sahmaw, Akyab, Meiktila and Mandalay. These graves were difficult to access and therefore became difficult to maintain over time. The graves were then brought together at this particular location to maintain them as battlefield cemeteries.
Of the 27000 Commonwealth soldiers whose names are mentioned on the memorial, majority of them were African and Indian soldiers who fought in Burma and lost their lives in the battles. The site also houses the graves of five soldiers who were holders of the Victoria Cross. The words “they died for all free men” is engraved on the memorial in five different languages, namely English, Burmese, Hindi, Gurmukhi and Urdu. The memorial also honors 45 servicemen who died in the wars and were cremated in different parts of Burma and whose graves could not be maintained over the years.
The site is taken care of by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is located on Pyay Road, at distance of 25km north of Yangon. So if you are in Yangon, do not miss the opportunity to visit the memorial dedicated to the brave war soldiers.