Sai Wan War Memorial and Cemetery, Hong Kong

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  • A beautiful, well maintained cemetery with plenty of information about the history of why & how the personnel who are buried there died. Also memorials to those who died but are not buried there...  more »
  • Clean and tidy kept Cemetery of war heroes. It is surrounded by many other cemeteries, muslim cemeteries just infront. --From main entrance of Sai Wan War memorial, you can go into muslim cemetery.....  more »
  • We travelled to the cemetery on the MTR Island line then used the local mini bus service for the rest of the journey. Take exit c and follow signs to the bottom of the escalators. The mini bus (no...  more »
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  • The Canadian Remembrance Day is held here on the first Sunday of December every year. The environment is nice and peaceful,the cemetery is well maintained.It contains a lot of history from WWII.May all the soldiers who died defending Hong Kong against Japan troops rest in peace.LEST WE FORGET
  • The Sai Wan War Cemeteries is the resting place for Canadian, Indian, and British soldiers who died defending Hong Kong during WWII. The Brigadier Lawson from Canada was also buried here. At the entrance to the cemetery, a brief history of WWII can be found along with the names of the soldiers who died fighting in Hong Kong. Inside the cemetery is a large cross.
  • This is a well maintained CWGC cemetery. A number of the dead from the Lisbon Maru incident are remembered here.
  • Most of those buried in this cemetery were killed during the protection of HK from Japanese invasion in 1941, or died later as internees or prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation. The remains of those who died as prisoners in Formosa (now Taiwan) were also brought to Hong Kong for burial at Sai Wan in 1946. There are now 1,505 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Sai Wan War Cemetery. While no two Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries are the same, they often follow a similar pattern and have common features, including surrounding stone walls and wrought-iron gates. There are also two important elements, a ‘War Cross’ and a 'Stone of Remembrance'. The former is a Christian cross which featured a bronze longsword on the front.The latter stands as a memorial feature in the Commission cemeteries and could be used by those of all faiths and none and act as a symbol of common sacrifice. A major difference between Sai Wan Cemetery and Stanley Military Cemetery is that the former is mainly a war cemetery for those who died directly or indirectly for war, while the latter was originally the military cemetery in which were buried members of the Hong Kong garrison and their families. So in the latter you may find more children and women, the family members of soldiers, who did not die in war.
  • A very good place for a short retreat

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