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Stanley Military Cemetery

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Address: Wong Ma Kok Road, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but...

Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but intense period of fighting. During the Japanese occupation, Stanley jail and village were used as a prisoner of war and civilian internment camp and the cemetery, which had not been used for more than 70 years, was reopened for burials from the camp. After the war, the cemetery was extended on its northern side when graves were brought in from civilian burial grounds and isolated sites in the surrounding country. Although the cemetery as a whole is laid out and maintained as a military cemetery, in the older part, service graves and the graves of civilian internees who died during the Japanese occupation are intermingled. A number of the graves in this part of the cemetery are still marked by the original headstones erected by the prisoners of war, who collected the granite from the 19th century fortifications and carved the inscriptions themselves. Nearly all casualties of the local defence forces, chiefly the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force and the British Army Aid Group, are buried in this cemetery. The British Army Aid Group was a military establishment which came into being early in 1942 to encourage and facilitate escapes, to assist escapees and to get information and medical supplies into the camps. Attached to the establishment was a large staff of civilian employees operating in an extensive area of enemy held territory and the group gradually developed into an organisation for the collection of intelligence of military value and later into an escape and evasion organisation for the American Air Force. There are now 598 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 175 of the burials are unidentified, but a number of special memorials commemorate casualties known to be buried among them. The names of the 96 civilian internees buried in this cemetery are recorded in volume 7 of the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour. The cemetery also contains the new Hong Kong Memorial, which commemorates, by name, Chinese casualties of the two world wars who have no known grave. There are also three special memorials to First World War casualties buried in cemeteries in Kowloon and Hong Kong, whose graves have since been lost.

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Often Forgotten - but do visit if you are in Hong Kong

I am embarrassed to say that as a long time Hong Kong resident I had never visited Stanley Military Cemetery until early September this year. Anyone interested in how Hong Kong... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I am embarrassed to say that as a long time Hong Kong resident I had never visited Stanley Military Cemetery until early September this year. Anyone interested in how Hong Kong fared in the Second World War should visit this cemetery just outside Stanley. It is notable for the graves of civilian internees , many of fairly advanced age, who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This is a place that people should go to if they have time to pay their respects to the people who made the ultimate sacrifice and also to the men, women and children who died in the interment camp.Best to read up about it on the internet before you go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is one of the highlights of coming to Stanley but it is a few minutes walk out of town (one of the buses comes passed here I think) . The cemetery is on a hillside overlooking the sea and it is very interesting to read the many inscriptions and to understand why many of the graves are roughly hewn.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

As a Canadian, the military cemetery in Stanley was my top priority for places to visit on my recent trip to Hong Kong. There, 20 Canadian troops are buried, alongside locals, Indian, and British troops who fought off an illegal Japanese invasion (they had not declared war) that began Dec 8, 1941, just hours after the sneak attack on Pearl... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

After having visited the coastal defence museum and the Hong Kong museum of history and learning about the loss of life during the Japanese invasion, we decided to make w visit here. It is a beautifully maintained cemetary and memorial to the men, women and children who lost their lives during this and earlier periods. Many were civilians who died... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

The tranquillity of the cemetery remains since my last visit years ago. It is no ordinary hill. Deep respect to those who lost their lives in the war or related tragedies.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

A trip to Stanley shouldn't be complete unless you visit this place, it brings you back to earth, the stark realisation that so many British soldiers gave their lives fighting against the Japanese during WW2 humbling indeed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

This is where my Grandmother Ethel Mitchell was layed to rest on 16th May 1942.she was interned in Stanley Interment Camp along with my Aunt and cousin,and my parents and I and my brother were both born in the camp. I lived in Stanley for 13years and go back often, so I'll visit her grave to say Hello .its a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

Didn't plan visiting Stanley Military Cemetery initially until we saw the direction sign. We had no idea what is the military cemetery all about as we did not read the information properly being exhausted walking around and the weather was warm.. it was ashamed we did not understand the meaning of it or else, we'd have spent time in looking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

When we realized while visiting Stanley that the Military Cemetary was only about a 15 minute walk, we decided to go. You can get there directly from the beach promenade via a paved path along the water that has a stairway leading up to Wong Ma Kok Road. You'll walk high above St Stephens Beach and occasionally have a peek... More 

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