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Taiping War Cemetery
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Taiping War Cemetery
Used for those deceased 1939–1945
Established 1946
Location 4°51′31″N 100°45′27″E / 4.85861°N 100.7575°E / 4.85861; 100.7575
near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Designed by J. H. Ingram
Total burials Over 850
Over 500
Burials by nation
Specific figures are not available
Burials by war
World War II: Over 850
Statistics source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Taiping War Cemetery (Malay language: Tanah Perkuburan Perang Taiping) is the final resting place for Allied personnel who were killed during World War II, particularly the Malayan Campaign and the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Servicemen who died after the war or during their posting in northern Malaya prior to the Malayan Emergency are also interred here. The cemetery is located in Bukit Larut, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia and was erected and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

There are more than 850 World War II casualties commemorated in this cemetery, including more than 500 who remain unidentified.

History[edit | edit source]

The Malayan Campaign[edit | edit source]

Taiping was on the British line of retreat during the Japanese invasion of Malaya along the West Coast of the peninsular. Normally hosting a garrison of one Indian Army infantry battalion, the forces in Taiping had been augmented with a casualty receiving station set up and the Indian 20th Combined General Hospital had been posted there.

The town was also used as a rest and refitting centre for the 6th and 15th Indian Infantry Brigade during the ongoing battles in northern Malaya with numerous medical units being stationed there before retreating towards Singapore.

Erection of the cemetery[edit | edit source]

After the surrender of Japan and the ending of World War II, the task of identifying of British and Commonwealth war dead in the area was assigned to Major J. H. Ingram who led a War Graves Registration Unit. He designed and supervised the erection of the cemetery 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.

Layout[edit | edit source]

The cemetery is divided into two parts with Christian graves located on the southeastern side of the road while non-Christian graves being located on the opposite side. On the Christian section, a Cross of Sacrifice stands on the southeastern boundary while on the non-Christian section, a Stone of Remembrance stands on the northwestern boundary.

A stone dwarf wall flanks both sides of Jalan Bukit Larut, a road which forms the boundary between the Christian and non-Christian sections of the cemetery.

The graves are marked with an upright white granite headstone depicting the deceased's regimental insignia, if known. Muslim graves are aligned facing Mecca as required by their religious convictions.

Units represented[edit | edit source]

Australia Australia
Australian Army Service CorpsAustralian InfantryRoyal Australian Air ForceRoyal Australian Artillery
Malaysia Federated Malay States
Federated Malay States Volunteer Forces
India India
10th Baluch Regiment12th Frontier Force Regiment13th Frontier Force Rifles14th Punjab Regiment16th Punjab Regiment17th Dogra Regiment18th Royal Garhwal Rifles19th King George V's Own Lancers, IAC1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles2nd Punjab Regiment5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)8th Punjab Regiment9th Jat RegimentBahawalpur InfantryBaluch RegimentIndian Army Medical CorpsIndian Army Ordnance CorpsIndian Electrical and Mechanical EngineersIndian EngineersIndian Pioneer CorpsKing George V's Own Bengal Sappers and MinersRoyal Bombay Sappers and MinersRoyal Indian Army Service CorpsRoyal Indian ArtilleryRoyal Indian Engineers
New Zealand New Zealand
Royal New Zealand Air Force
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersBlack Watch (Royal Highlanders)Cambridgeshire RegimentEast Surrey RegimentEssex RegimentGordon HighlandersHampshire RegimentIntelligence CorpsKing's Own Yorkshire Light InfantryLeicestershire RegimentQueen's Own Cameron HighlandersRoyal Air ForceRoyal Air Force Volunteer ReserveRoyal Armoured CorpsRoyal Army Medical CorpsRoyal Army Service CorpsRoyal ArtilleryRoyal Berkshire RegimentRoyal Corps of SignalsRoyal Electrical and Mechanical EngineersRoyal EngineersRoyal MarinesRoyal Naval Patrol ServiceRoyal Naval ReserveRoyal NavyRoyal Norfolk RegimentRoyal Sussex RegimentSeaforth HighlandersLoyal Regiment (North Lancashire)Parachute Regiment, AACWest Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Notable graves[edit | edit source]

The grave of Royal Air Force Squadron Leader, Arthur Stewart King Scarf VC, is located in this cemetery. He was one of the first RAF fatalities in Malaya and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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