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Canadian War Graves in Hong Kong

Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery

Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery

 The Sai Wan Bay Memorial was erected at the Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery on the island of Hong Kong to honour those who died in its defence.  On this Memorial are inscribed the names of over 2,000 people, 228 of them Canadian, who died with no known grave.  Below the memorial, the Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery slopes towards the sea, with a panoramic view of the coastline and distant hills.  Here are  buried 283 soldiers of the Canadian Army, including 107 who were unidentified. These are among the 1,975 Canadians who sailed from Vancouver in October 1941, to commit to battle during the Second World War in the defence of Hong Kong.  The small brigade group consisting of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada found itself in action against the Japanese.  In total, more than 550 Canadians died in the campaign or in captivity.

Travel Directions to Sai Wan War Cemetery: 

Sai Wan War Cemetery is located on Cape Collinson Road in the Chai Wan district on Hong Kong island.  It can be reached by first taking the Hong Kong Island line on the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to the Chai Wan terminus and from there, taking either the Public Light Bus (green minibus) 16M which runs from the Chai Wan MTR station to Stanley (request to stop at the Sai Wan cemetery) or alternatively by taxicab from the taxi rank located below the Chai Wan MTR station.
Inquiries:  Derek Cheung, Manager Hong Kong, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, tel:  (852) 2557 3498.

Here is a map to Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery.

Stanley Military Cemetery

Stanley Military Cemetery 

Situated just beyond Stanley Village in the southern part of Hong Kong island, the Stanley Military Cemetery was originally the military cemetery in which were buried members of the Hong Kong garrison and their families.  During the Japanese occupation, the Stanley jail and village were used as a prisoner-of-war camp and civilian internment camp, and the cemetery, which had not been used for more than 70 years, was re-opened for the burial of those who were executed by the Japanese or who died while prisoners of war.  Some of the graves in the older part are still marked by the original headstones erected by the prisoners of war, who collected the granite from the 100 years old fortifications and carved the inscriptions themselves.  The total number of burials in the cemetery is 663, with 20 Canadians buried here, including one unknown grave. Most of the Canadians buried here died during the last days of the Battle of Hong Kong.

Here is a map to Stanley Military Cemetery.


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