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Trincomalee War Cemetery

Nilaveli Road, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka
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A beautiful and peaceful place. Extremely well looked after. Easy to locate and visit. Sad but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lorraine S
Perth, Australia
via mobile
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This is a quiet and reflective place with graves of servicemen and women who died in and around... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pat S
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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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Nilaveli Road, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful and peaceful place. Extremely well looked after. Easy to locate and visit. Sad but important.

Thank Lorraine S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quiet and reflective place with graves of servicemen and women who died in and around Trinco during and after the Second World War. So many of these people were in their teens and twenties. The area is beautifully maintained.

Thank Pat S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a peaceful cemetery which was nice to visit at dusk when it was a bit cooler. The place is beautifully maintained and some of the words on the gravestones are lovely.

Thank Harriet321
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The war cemetery is well kept. It is on the side of the main road accessed by metal gate. When we arrived it was late morning and two gardeners were preparing the cemetery for a visit from the Commonwealth commission. The cemetery caretaker showed us...More

Thank Snorkeller02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and well kept Commonwealth War Grave for those of many allied nations who gave their lives during the Second World War and afterwards. Very well kept and humbling. A credit to the steward of the cemetery and the great work done by the Commission...More

Thank dpadamsuk
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

This first time cemetery neer alex Garden is the Second World War memory asymmetry is looking very beautiful this guys are keeping it very clean most of to

Thank sydneyledrick
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Nice historical location to view WW II grave sites of soldiers. Well maintained place. best to visit in the evening time.

Thank AravindKD
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

The cemetery is beautifully maintained. Lovely marked gates at the front and the graves are on the hillside looking down towards the road. So sad to read the inscriptions of those that died - all so young and so long ago. It was so nice...More

1  Thank johnboy3bw
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This Cemetery is well maintained and very clean. The Garden is also maintained very well and I felt it is a great tribute for those who sacrificed their lives

Thank mythili_rm19
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Beautifully maintained with a resident, very knowledgable caretaker who could locate N.Z. Graves for us. Well worth a short stop.

Thank Mary-53-2004
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Hari S
17 October 2015|
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Response from hokimau7 | Reviewed this property |
Its not meant to be? And there are Sri Lankan, Indian, Italian, New Zealand, All the allied forces who fought to save the world from being taken over by Japan.