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This database contains details of the men who served are buried in Cheras Road War Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; there are also some civilian graves within the cemetery and these have also been added. Photographs of the cemetery can be found in the Overseas section.

Database contains 649 records - 25 February, 2009

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Cheras Road Civil Cemetery contains two Commonwealth War Graves maintained cemeteries within it plus the grave of Sir Henry Gurney the High Commissioner for Federated Malaya from 1948 until he was assassinated in 1951.

The Cemetery is situated south of Kuala Lumpur, to the left of Cheras Highway toll gates. Entry can be can be from one of several directions but normally it is found that it can be reached by turning left into Jalan Kuari immediately after the toll gates, approximately 4 miles from central Kuala Lumpur. Crossing the car park, follow the top left hand lane to the end, thus reaching the Commonwealth Cemetery gate. The Commonwealth Cemetery is enclosed by a fence planted with climbers and hedges and backs onto the new highway. Our visit found us leave the highway just after a petrol service station onto a short track which then arrived at a divided junction, we turned left, keeping the highway to our right, and about 100m along the track the cemetery could be seen above us.

At the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur was the headquarters of the 3rd Indian Corps. Early in 1941 part of the recently raised 8th Division of the Australian Infantry Force was assigned to Malaya, a territory of strategic importance to Australia. The headquarters divisional staff arrived on February 18th in advance of the main force, which numbered some 6,000 men, and the divisional headquarters and attached units were posted at Kuala Lumpur. As the Japanese moved successfully down the peninsula a temporary prisoner-of-war camp was established at Pudu jail, to which United Kingdom and Commonwealth serviceman were taken before being sent to Changi Camp on Singapore island. Some of them died, of wounds or sickness, while in this camp and were buried in the Cheras Road Cemetery.

There are 137 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here. In addition, there are over 600 non world war burials of servicemen and dependants here, 5 being unidentified children of Gurkha soldiers, mainly from the Malayan emergency. There are 649 graves under the care of the CWGC. The earliest grave is 1875 followed by 1914 through the 1930's into World War 2 and then up to and including the Emergency.

There is also a Roman Catholic Cemetery which is is a separate plot within Cheras Road Civil Cemetery (no photographs as yet). The Roman Catholic Cemetery is on high ground to the right, and will be found by crossing the car park and following the central, narrow tarmac road to the end. The Commonwealth war graves are to the left, just before the Chapel. There are 11 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war buried here and also there are a further 11 non world war Service burials; a total of 22 graves.

[Extract taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website]

Photographs here are copyright © Martin Edwards & Marie Edwards 2007

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