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Yokohama War Cemetery is a military cemetery in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, in Japan and located next to Yokohama Municipal Children's Botanical Garden.

Yokohama War Cemetery
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Yokohama War Cemetery.jpg
Yokohama War Cemetery, British Section, March 2015
Used for those deceased 1941–1945
1950–1953
Established1945
LocationCoordinates: 35°26′3″N 139°34′51″E / 35.43417°N 139.58083°E / 35.43417; 139.58083
near 
Total burials1,555
Unknowns
53
Burials by war

The burial grounds consists of four sections surrounded by mature trees in a park like setting:

  • British Section
  • Canadian and New Zealand Section
  • Australian Section
  • Indian Section (Yokohama Memorial)

There is a Post-War Plot for those whom fought during the Korean War 1950–1953.

HistoryEdit

The cemetery was constructed after the Second World War by the Australian War Graves group, and holds the remains of more than 1500 soldiers, mostly from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, and the United Kingdom but also the Netherlands and the United States,[1] who died as prisoners of war or during the Allied occupation of Japan.[2]

A post-war section was added after 1953 to bury 171 soldiers who died fighting in the Korean War[1] The cemetery also contains a number of post-War burials, including that of the Australian Victoria Cross recipient Ray Simpson.[3]

The Yokohama War Cemetery is the only location cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Japan, although a memorial to Commonwealth service personnel from the First World War, unveiled in 1922 by Edward, Prince of Wales, is to be found at the historic Foreign General Cemetery in Yamate, Naka-ku, Yokohama.

The cemetery is a venue for annual commemorations by military veterans and their families. The cemetery has also been visited by various members of the British Royal Family including Queen Elizabeth II in May 1975, Princess Diana in February 1995 and by Prince William in February 2015.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Yokohama War Cemetery – Second World War – Memorials Overseas – Memorials – Remembrance Veterans Affairs Canada". Veterans.gc.ca. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  2. ^ "Yokohama War Cemetery". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. CWGC. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Commonwealth War Cemetery, Hodogaya! Yokohama". Australian Embassy, Tokyo. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ "横浜120年史" (PDF). www.city.yokohama.lg.jp. City of Yokohama. p. 197. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Prince William visits Yokohama War Cemetery, dines with emperor, empress ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion". Japantoday.com. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2016-07-27.