gauhati war cemetery


Gauhati War Cemetery was started during the Second World War for burials from the several military hospitals posted in the area. Later, other graves were brought in by the Army Graves Service from Amari Bari Military Cemetery, Sylhet Military Cemetery, Mohachara Cemetery, Nowgong Civil Cemetery and Gauhati Civil Cemetery, where permanent maintenance could not be assured. For the same reason, further graves were brought to the cemetery from isolated sites in the Lushai Hills and from civil cemeteries in Badarpur, Cooch Bahar, Darjeeling, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dinjan, Katapahar, Lebong, Lumding, Shillong and Silchar, in 1952.

There are now 486 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 25 of the burials are unidentified. The cemetery also contains 24 Chinese war graves, and two non-war graves.
  1. RM CDOS Polkinghorne, Eric

    SURNAME Polkinghorne FORENAME Eric UNIT 44 Commando RANK Marine NUMBER PLY/X 103548 DATE OF DEATH 27th May 1944 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Gauhati War Cemetery,India 4.E.12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Thomas Dawe and Dorcas Eddy Polkinghorne,Liskeard,Cornwall died India
  2. RM CDOS Nelson, Desmond

    SURNAME Nelson FORENAME Desmond UNIT 44 Commando RANK Marine NUMBER PO/X 102790 DATE OF DEATH 21st July 1944 AGE GRAVESITE Gauhati War Cemetery,India 4.E.17 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died India