The town of Kanchanaburi is 129 kilometres North-West of
Bangkok and is best reached by road, along the National Highway which runs north
from the capital. There are bus and train services from Bangkok.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is situated adjacent to Saeng Chuto Road which is the
main road through the town. When approaching from Bangkok, the cemetery is on
the left side of the road, towards the far (northern) end of the town.
A Commission signpost faces the cemetery on the opposite side of the road.
The cemetery and memorial registers are kept in the
cemetery service area and must be requested from one of the gardeners.
The location or design of this site, makes wheelchair access impossible. For
further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries
Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth,
Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need
for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During
its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried
along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the
course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch
East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).
Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite
ends of the line towards the centre. The Japanese aimed at completing the
railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres
long, was completed by December 1943.
The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the
Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated)
were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway
into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat
KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY is only a short distance from the site of the former 'Kanburi',
the prisoner of war base camp through which most of the prisoners passed on
their way to other camps. It was created by the Army Graves Service who
transferred to it all graves along the southern section of railway, from Bangkok
Some 300 men who died (most from a Cholera epidemic in May/June 1943) at Nieke
camp were cremated and their ashes now lie in two graves in the cemetery. The
names of these men are inscribed on panels in the shelter pavilion.
There are now 5,084 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried or
commemorated in this cemetery. There are also 1,896 Dutch war graves.
Within the entrance building to the cemetery will be found the KANCHANABURI
MEMORIAL, recording the names of 11 men of the army of undivided India buried in
Muslim cemeteries in Thailand, where their graves could not be maintained.
The cemetery was designed by
Colin St Clair Oakes.
4857720 Lance Corporal
Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
18th July 1943, aged 27.
as a Prisoner of War.
2. J. 38.
of Alfred and Emma Bockross, of Leicester.
A close family friend, you will always be remembered Sande. From Eric Lewis (War Veteran)
Thomas Henry Mosley
1/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
September 1943, aged 36.
8. M. 64.
Son of Arthur and Lizzie Mosley, of Derby.