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.
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.
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
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.
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.
taken from the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission website]
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