Kandy War Cemetery


The Kandy War Cemetery, a poignant reminder of the tumultuous times of the World Wars, stands as a solemn tribute to those who laid down their lives. Formerly known as the Pitakande Military Cemetery, this site in Kandy, Sri Lanka, encapsulates the stories of soldiers from various corners of the British Empire.

Kandy War Cemetery was established to honour the soldiers of the British Empire who perished in the throes of World War II. It also includes a soldier who lost his life during World War I, making it a site of profound historical importance.

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This sacred ground is the final resting place for 203 souls: 107 British, 35 East Africans, 26 Sri Lankans, 23 Indians, 6 Canadians, 3 Italians, 1 Frenchman, and two unidentified persons. Among these, 151 served in the army, 32 in the air force, and 16 in the navy, with others from the merchant navy and national fire service.

The cemetery, now maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, includes a special memorial for a naval officer whose grave remains unlocated. This commission's efforts ensure that the dignity and sanctity of the site are upheld.

The Kandy War Cemetery is wheelchair accessible, with daily visiting hours from 7 AM to 4 PM. Its serene environment offers a space for reflection and remembrance. For those interested in further historical exploration, the nearby British Garrison Cemetery, used between 1817 and 1873, adds another layer to the rich tapestry of Kandy's colonial history. This older cemetery, adjacent to a small museum, complements the story the Kandy War Cemetery tells.


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