Taiping War Cemetery
is a town in Perak State, about 97 kilometres south-east of Penang
in the north- west of Malaysia. It can be reached by motorway either
from Penang or from Ipoh, capital city of the state. Both Penang
and Ipoh have airports. The cemetery is 2 kilometres from the town,
past the open park on the road to the waterfall and swimming pool.
Locally known as Perkuburan Peperangan Taiping; the Cemetery is
on the Jalan Bukit Larut (Bukit Larut Road).
the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya, Taiping was on the
British line of retreat down the west coast. Its normal garrison
of one Indian Infantry Battalion had been augmented, a casualty
reception station organised, arrangements made with the civilian
authorities for the provision of 500 beds for military patients,
and 20 Combined General Hospital (Indian Army) had been posted there.
During the fighting the Indian 6th and 15th Brigades used Taiping
as a rest and re-fitment centre for a few days; and, as the withdrawal
southwards developed, numerous Indian Army medical units worked
there for short periods before each in turn had to move towards
Singapore with the fighting forces. Taiping War Cemetery was created
by the Army after the defeat of Japan for the reception of graves
brought from the battlefields, from numerous temporary burial grounds,
and from village and other civil cemeteries where permanent maintenance
would not be possible. There are separate entrances to the two parts,
the plots of Christian graves lying on the south-eastern side of
the road and the Muslim and Gurkha graves on the opposite side.
In the Muslim and Gurkha section the Stone of Remembrance stands
in front of a high bank which forms the north-western boundary.
The two small shelters in the cemetery have been constructed of
local stone, and a low stone wall flanks the road on each side.
There are now 12, 1914-1918 unidentied war casualties buried in
this site and over 850, 1939-1945 war casualties commemorated in
this site, more than 500 of whom are unidentified.
taken from the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission website]
database of Taiping War Cemetery graves is available to find
individual graves within the cemetery, many of these included photographs.
interesting newspaper reports, undated and without the newspaper
reference but from the time show the thoughts of those building
the Taiping Cemetery (thanks to Mollie Deeming for these).