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Chittagong: World War Cemetery


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Friday, 26th March 2010


war cemetery, chittagong, bangladesh


Bangladesh has two Cemeteries for World War II. One is at Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম), and another is at Comilla (কুমিল্লা). I was there at Friday, 26th March 2010. Its a bit hard to find the place. Cause you have to take an Auto Rikshaw to reach there. And most of the drivers don't know this place as Cemetery. You have to tell them that you would like to go to the graveyard of Christian People. The exact location of the Cemetery is at "19 Badsha Mia Chowdhury Road". It will take 30-40 taka Auto rikshaw fare. If you are outside from Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম) then you can reach Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম) by Bus, Train or Air.


war cemetery, chittagong, bangladesh


From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, more about War Cemetery of Chittagong

Chittagong War Cemetery is in Dampara locality, No 19 Badsha Mia Chowdhury Road, 22 kilometres north of the airport and 8 kilometres from the port on a site which was formerly paddy fields, but which has now been developed. It is near the arts college and close by Finlay's Guest Houses near Chatteshanry Road; a well known road leading to the Hindu Kali Bari Temple. There is no C.W.G.C. road direction sign. The Burial area is situated at the bottom of a slope directly behind Finlay's Guest Houses and is surrounded by a large area planted with a mixture of jungle trees,fruit trees and flowering trees. It is not easily seen from the road. A narrow tarmacked lane leads from the entrance gate to the burial area which is entered through a metal gate flanked by two small brick chapels. The cemetery gates are open from 07.00 to 12 noon and 14.00 to 17.00. Within the cemetery will also be found the Chittagong Memorial which, together with the Bombay 1939-1945 War Memorial, to be found in the Indian Seamen's Hostel Bombay, commemorates over 400 sailors of the former Indian Navy and nearly 6,000 sailors of the former Indian Merchant Navy who were lost at sea during the war years. Each memorial takes the form of a finely bound volume containing the names of the dead.



This Cemetery has 755 graves inside. Few of those are unidentified. Below is the list of soldiers from different countries.


war cemetery, chittagong, bangladesh


Also there is a book inside the Cemetery where you'll find the name of 6000 sailors who sacrificed their life at Bay of Bengal, and they had no grave but the sea.


war cemetery, chittagong, bangladesh


The Cemetery is open from morning 7:00am to noon 12:00pm, and from afternoon 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Without this timing, you cannot enter the cemetery, no matter who you are. So careful about the timing. Otherwise you may get dishearten.


Chittagong War Cemetery on google map.



Chittagong: Commonwealth War Cemetery,
19 Badshah Miah Chowdhury Rd,
District: Chittagong,
Country: Bangladesh
GPS Coordinate (22.357391, 91.828332)



This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/



3 comments:

  1. Could you tell me when the cemetery was build? I cant seem to find the information on internet.

    Thanks a lot!!

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  2. thanks for sharing with ppl who don know about this place...

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