Thursday, 3 September 2009

Comilla - the cemetery

The other reason to visit Comilla is visit the Maynamati War Cemetery. It is a calm, moving well-kept oasis in the mayhem of Bangladesh, not that it is surprising when you know it is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The cemetery exists as a result of the Allied Forces being based in the region in an effort to stop the Japanese invading India via Burma during WW II. With more than 700 graves in the cemetery, it is interesting that there are 24 Japanese buried here, 10 Australians plus numerous other nationalities including Indian, Britsh, Canadian, South African, West African and Nigerian. The hill in the middle of the cemetery is dominated by the Cross of Sacrifice.

The Cross of Sacrifice

Plants abound in the cemetery

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