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Sai Wan War Memorial and Cemetery

Cape Collinson Road , Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China
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Take the Island line out to Chai Wan station. Taxi stand outside. We had an issue with the taxi... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Guelph, Canada
Part of our Histroy, best kept secret of Hong Kong

Burial Ground for the Canadian and other Allied Force who fall down defense Hong Kong during Second... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Michael L
Hong Kong, China
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The island of Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but intense period of fighting. Most of those buried in this cemetery were killed at this time, 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 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. 444 of the burials are unidentified. There are special memorials to 16 Second World War casualties buried in Kowloon (Ho Man Tin) No 3 Muslim Cemetery, whose graves were lost. There are also 77 war graves of other nationalities from this period, the majority of them Dutch and 7 non-world war graves that the Commission maintains on behalf of the MoD. The cemetery contains special memorials to 12 First World War casualties buried in Kowloon (Ta Sek Ku) Mohammedan Cemetery, whose graves have since been lost. At the entrance to the cemetery stands the SAI WAN MEMORIAL bearing the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Battle of Hong Kong or subsequently in captivity and who have no known grave. Additional panels to the memorial form the SAI WAN CREMATION MEMORIAL, bearing the names of 144 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith, and the SAI WAN (CHINA) MEMORIAL, commemorating 72 casualties of both wars whose graves in mainland China could not be maintained. Both the cemetery and memorial were designed by Colin St Clair Oakes.
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Cape Collinson Road , Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Take the Island line out to Chai Wan station. Taxi stand outside. We had an issue with the taxi drivers not having any idea as to where we wanted to go, and they didn't speak enough English to understand. Print off the address, location, name,...More

3  Thank KW M
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Burial Ground for the Canadian and other Allied Force who fall down defense Hong Kong during Second World War. Lovely view of the harbor, peaceful and beautiful spot. One of Hong Kong best kept secrets!!

1  Thank Michael L
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Well worth the visit to remember the sacrifices made by Canadian (and other Allied) troops in defense of Hong Kong. It's really quite easy to get there. Just take the MTR Island Line to its eastern terminus at Chai Wan. Beneath the station are bus...More

Thank mikebeeonthekop
Reviewed 1 November 2016

- Put a Person in the place of a Headstone to envision the magnitude of the cost for this Black Sunday in 1944. This is a quiet island in the fast paced city. It is NOT handicap accessible and really difficult to get to because...More

Thank Swampa
Reviewed 27 May 2016

My wife and I were just in Hong Kong. I made certain to visit Sai Wan Cemetery. A beautiful site, it is sad that few seem to visit it. I laid a memorial badge at the end of each row of Canadian graves (I did...More

2  Thank Jim B
Reviewed 8 January 2016

I come here every time I visit Hong Kong and I leave a small Regimental banner at the grave of Brig JK Lawson, late The Royal Canadian Regiment, who was killed in action during the Battle of Hong Kong. You can take the Island Line...More

2  Thank Retired470
Reviewed 28 November 2015

A beautiful and peaceful place for all those who fought and lost their lives. You will always be remembered. The Western cemeteries are more spacious and less frightened to visit. This is the second one in HK I have been to.

1  Thank JoNavigates
Reviewed 10 September 2015

A must visit for any HK, Brit or Canadian. Having served as a riflemen in the Canadian Army and having ancestors from HK, it was a very memorable site, which I will definitely return to pay my respects. Take the MTR to Chai Wan then...More

3  Thank Kev I
Reviewed 19 June 2015

This is one of the best War Memorial Cemetrys that there are around the world. My uncle Harold Wilson Brown is layed to rest here.He was killed while defending Hong Kong during WW 2 , He died on 17th December 1942. I was born in...More

7  Thank plonkerofcroydonuk
Reviewed 5 May 2014

I may have chosen the wrong day to visit the cemetery. The previous reviews were very helpful regarding finding the cemetery form the Chai Wan MTR station, however I seemed to have chosen a special day where the locals visit the graves of their relatives...More

5  Thank sharpascheese
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