rangoon memorial

RANGOON MEMORIAL
The Bandits of Cisterna
By William Pickering & Alan Hart

RANGOON MEMORIAL​

HISTORY INFORMATION
The RANGOON MEMORIAL bears the names of almost 27,000 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaigns in Burma (now Myanmar) and who have no known grave.

The memorial was designed by Mr. H.J. Brown, ARIBA and unveiled by General Sir Francis Festing, GCB, KBE, DSO on 9 February 1958.

The memorial stands in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, which is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Burma. It was begun in 1951 for the reception of graves from four battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw, which were difficult to access and could not be maintained. The last was an original 'Chindit' cemetery containing many of those who died in the battle for Myitkyina. The graves have been grouped together at Taukkyan to preserve the individuality of these battlefield cemeteries.

Burials were also transferred from civil and cantonment cemeteries, and from a number of isolated jungle and roadside sites. Because of prolonged post-war unrest, considerable delay occurred before the Army Graves Service were able to complete their work, and in the meantime many such graves had disappeared. However, when the task was resumed, several hundred more graves were retrieved from scattered positions throughout the country and brought together here.

The cemetery now contains 6,374 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 867 of them unidentified.

In the 1950s, the graves of 52 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War were brought into the cemetery from the following cemeteries where permanent maintenance was not possible:- Henzada(1); Meiktila Cantonment(8); Thayetmyo New(5); Thamakan(4); Mandalay Military(12) and Maymyo Cantonment(22).

Taukkyan War Cemetery also contains:

The TAUKKYAN CREMATION MEMORIAL, which commemorates more than 1,000 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith.

The TAUKKYAN MEMORIAL, which commemorates 45 servicemen of both wars who died and were buried elsewhere in Burma, but whose graves could not be maintained.
  1. CHINDITS 1943 Chambers, Dennis Russell

    SURNAME Chambers FORENAME Dennis Russell UNIT 3 Gurkha Rifles (7 Column) RANK Second Lieutenant NUMBER EC/10951 DATE OF DEATH 24th March 1943 AGE 27 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 58 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Henry John and Florence Edith Anne (nee Russell)...
  2. CHINDITS 1943 Callaghan, William Thomas

    SURNAME Callaghan FORENAME William Thomas UNIT 18 Royal Garhwal Rifles (8 Column) RANK Second Lieutenant NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 6th March 1943 AGE GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 50 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died Burma
  3. CHINDITS 1943 Gordon, Robin Patrick (Pat)

    SURNAME Gordon FORENAME Robin Patrick (Pat) UNIT 8 Punjab Regiment (HQ Column) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER EC/5310 DATE OF DEATH 30th April 1943 AGE 21 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 37 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of LtColonel R.N.S. and Mrs Gordon KIA Burma
  4. CHINDITS 1944 Brooks, Phillip

    SURNAME Brooks FORENAME Phillip UNIT 45 Reconnaissance Regiment,R.A.C. (16 Bde) RANK Trooper NUMBER 4205857 DATE OF DEATH 26th March 1944 AGE GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar Addenda Panel ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Walter and Ethel Brooks, 106 Broadstone Hall...
  5. CHINDITS 1943 Best, Arthur Sidney

    SURNAME Best FORENAME Arthur Sidney UNIT 6 Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (Animal Transport Officer,1 Column) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 203353 DATE OF DEATH 28th April 1945 AGE 29 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 10 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Thomas George and...
  6. CHINDITS 1944 Blaylock, Stanley

    SURNAME Blaylock FORENAME Stanley UNIT 2 Field Company,Royal Engineers (16 Bde) RANK Sapper NUMBER 2111243 DATE OF DEATH 27th March 1944 AGE 29 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar Face 3 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Elias and Ada Blaylock, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire KIA Burma
  7. ARMY CDOS Lockington, Arthur

    SURNAME Lockington FORENAME Arthur UNIT 50 Commando RANK Trooper NUMBER 324447 DATE OF DEATH 16th June 1942 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 1 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Cheshire Yeomanry,Royal Armoured Corps born Salford,Lancashire resided...
  8. ARMY CDOS Ballantyne, Alexander A.

    SURNAME Ballantyne FORENAME Alexander A. UNIT 11 Commando RANK Lance Corporal NUMBER 2934334 DATE OF DEATH 8th July 1942 AGE 27 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 18 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Cameron Highlanders born Edinburgh son of Matthew C. and Margaret...
  9. ARMY CDOS Johnston, Robert

    SURNAME Johnston FORENAME Robert UNIT 11 Commando RANK Corporal NUMBER 2931826 DATE OF DEATH 4th June 1942 AGE 21 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 18 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Cameron Highlanders born Glasgow son of Robert and Mary...
  10. ARMY CDOS Lacey, Leonard Frank

    SURNAME Lacey FORENAME Leonard Frank UNIT 8 Commando RANK Private NUMBER 5669104 DATE OF DEATH 15th September 1942 AGE 31 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 7 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Somerset Light Infantry born Somerset resided Bath,Somerset son of...
  11. ARMY CDOS Cawsey, Francis William

    SURNAME Cawsey FORENAME Francis William UNIT 8 Commando RANK Private NUMBER 5499203 DATE OF DEATH 13th May 1942 AGE GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 7 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Somerset Light Infantry born Portsmouth,Hampshire resided Hampshire died Burma...
  12. ARMY CDOS Looker, Ronald Arthur

    SURNAME Looker FORENAME Ronald Arthur UNIT 1 Commando RANK Private NUMBER 5384112 DATE OF DEATH 22nd January 1945 AGE 23 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 15 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 1 Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry born Oxfordshire...
  13. INDIAN PARA Zunda Gul,

    SURNAME Zunda Gul FORENAME UNIT M.M.G. Company,50 Indian Parachute Brigade RANK Sepoy NUMBER 6138 DATE OF DEATH 26th March 1944 AGE 20 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Shandi Gul and Aisha,Sur Gul,Kohat,Pakistan KIA Burma
  14. INDIAN PARA Zarif Khan,

    SURNAME Zarif Khan FORENAME UNIT 152 (Indian) Bn RANK Sepoy NUMBER P/1150 DATE OF DEATH 26th March 1944 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Hukam Shah and Khajura husband of Rabama,Masti Khel,Kohat,Pakistan KIA Burma
  15. INDIAN PARA Yusuf,

    SURNAME Yusuf FORENAME UNIT 152 (Indian) Bn RANK Sepoy NUMBER P/987 DATE OF DEATH 26th March 1944 AGE 20 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Ismail and Umri husband of Bashiran,Faridpur,Patiala,India KIA Burma
  16. INDIAN PARA Vithal Tawde,

    SURNAME Vithal Tawde FORENAME UNIT 152 (Indian) Bn RANK Sepoy NUMBER P/1516 DATE OF DEATH 27th March 1944 AGE 25 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Ganpat,Suregaon,Ahmednagar,India KIA Burma
  17. INDIAN PARA Umed Singh,

    SURNAME Umed Singh FORENAME UNIT 152 (Indian) Bn RANK Sepoy NUMBER 1053 DATE OF DEATH 20th March 1944 AGE 20 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Mohan Singh husband of Punni Devi,Siboli,Almora,India KIA Burma
  18. INDIAN PARA Umar Khan,

    SURNAME Umar Khan FORENAME UNIT 152 (Indian) Bn RANK Naik NUMBER P/167 DATE OF DEATH 27th March 1944 AGE 17 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Khushal Khan and Bibi Marjan husband of Shahzad Gai,Topi,Mardan,Pakistan KIA Burma
  19. INDIAN PARA Ugnikeri, K.B.

    SURNAME Ugnikeri FORENAME K.B. UNIT 152 (Indian) Bn RANK Havildar NUMBER P/76 DATE OF DEATH 27th March 1944 AGE 25 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 54 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Baswantappa and Neelwa,Gulganji Kop,Dharwar,India KIA Burma
  20. INDIAN PARA Tul Bahadur Gurung,

    SURNAME Tul Bahadur Gurung FORENAME UNIT 154 (Gurkha) Bn RANK Lance Naik NUMBER 471 DATE OF DEATH 1st May 1945 AGE 25 GRAVESITE Rangoon Memorial,Myanmar Face 55 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Gambir Sing and Jaus Lurani husband of Panmote,Gamdanra,Nepal KIA Burma
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