Trincomalee War Cemetery
Trincomalee War Cemetery
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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.
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Kev W
Marrakech, Morocco12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Having read about the Japanese raid on Trincomolee and Colombo during WW2 and the loss of over 600 men, 20 ships and one of our aircraft carriers, I really wanted to come and pay my respects at the War Grave Memorial and really enjoyed the experience. The staff that tender the graves are a compliment to the War Grave Commission and do a fantastic job remembering those who gave their lives
Written 7 February 2024
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Alex W
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a really peaceful place to disappear to and escape the hussle and bussle of Trincomalee roads. Very tranquil setting, which encourages quiet reflection.

I went twice. It was fascinating to learn about the different nationalities of those who gave so much, and of how the conflict affected Sri Lanka.

A groundskeeper approached me and gave me a little more background info on my second visit. Very knowledgeable and approachable chap. And the place is immaculate, with good bird life. A must visit if you have a spare 30 minutes.
Written 5 February 2024
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john t
Stourbridge, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A tranquil slope leading up from the main road. Very well maintained, I believe by the botanical gardens. Rest room on site. Caretaker/guardian knowledgeable. Numbers of graves date to either the end of the war or just after, so bodies presumably brought back here having been interred elsewhere.
Written 20 January 2024
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Sakthi
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Go Peacefully, stay with respect, and feel the peacefulness. I was able to relate our feelings as Sri Lankans in this place
Written 15 July 2023
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Paul W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A touching and very respectful place, which absolutely honours those who gave their lives in this part of the world in WWII. Massive praise goes to the gardeners and caretakers employed indirectly by the CWGC, who do a fantastic job maintaining the plots and headstones, and are also very informative about the people of the various allied-countries, who are buried in the cemetery. Remember to give them a little tip.
Written 22 March 2023
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George Fernando
Matale, Sri Lanka3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
today we visited the Cemetery and were really impressed with the way the place was so beautifully kept. We were given an overview of the history of the Cemetery one of the lads who worked there. It is quite a small place and we spent about 45 minutes looking around.A place for quite reflection.
Written 17 June 2022
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broggo14
Victoria, Australia388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Very well maintained and a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. A place for quiet reflection.
Written 28 April 2020
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2onholiday
Galle, Sri Lanka161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Beautifully maintained war cemetery. The staff are very informative regarding the graves of WW2 victims.
Written 18 February 2020
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Steve D
Caerleon, UK385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited the Cemetery and were really impressed with the way the place was so beautifully kept. We were given an overview of the history of the Cemetery one of the lads who worked there. It is quite a small place and we spent about 45 minutes looking around.
Written 15 February 2020
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Eleonore Breukel
Amsterdam, The Netherlands10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Interesting for Britisch who colonized and fought the Euroepan wars in the Asian seas. More interesting are the separated graveyards of the Tamils, Singhalese, Christians and Moslims.
Written 4 February 2020
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