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Commonwealth War Cemetery

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Registered: July 2008
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This section is dedicated to the late Major JH Ingram who was a War Graves Officer No:46, War Graves Registration Unit in SEA 1944-1948. He was responsible for many exhumations in the field and also the construction of war cemeteries, particularly the Taiping War Cemetery (now known as the Commonwealth War Cemetery).


An undated article stated that, "The cemetery is the only one of its kind in the Malayan Union and is described as one of the most beautiful in the east". The cemetery was divided into four sections, British, Australian, Indian and Malay. Chinese soldiers were also buried there. The article goes on to say, "The remains have been recovered from all parts of Malaya by Major Ingram and the 30 British other ranks under his command. In the course of their work they have penetrated deep into the jungle and have used Sakais to help them locate war graves. Three Chinese were buried in the Buddhist section. Major Ingram asks Malayans who know the location of any war grave to notify the unit in Taiping and transport will be provided to any part of the country to recover the remains".


All the information and photos in this section have been provided by Mollie Deeming (nee Ingram), the daughter of the late Major JH Ingram. I am very grateful that Mollie has contacted me through the www.TaipingTalk.com website and it shows how far reaching the internet is. This kind of information forms a significant part of Malaysia's history and the details have answered one question often asked of the Commonwealth War Cemetery. The question often asked is, "Who was responsible for designing this beautiful cemetery?" Now we all know.


Part of Mollie's email to me goes as follows:- "There are many photos of Taiping as it is being constructed, the different types of headstones, Chinese funeral rites and photos of the Memorial to the Chinese massacred in Kuala Trengganu. Also photos, articles and other interesting material from the time. I admit to being very proud of my father's work and look forward in the next few years to visit Taiping myself. Also I'm concerned that the album itself be preserved somewhere appropriate after my death. Possibly a War Museum? I don't know yet".
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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November 13, 2008 8:43pm

Pic shows the Taiping Military Cemetery now known as the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Photo courtesy Mollie Deeming.


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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November 13, 2008 8:47pm

Exhumation by the Taiping China Distress Relief Fund Committee of about 52 victims of the massacre in April 1942. Pic courtesy Mollie Deeming.


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kayes

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November 13, 2008 8:50pm

Field Hygiene Unit 1944. Photo courtesy Mollie Deeming.


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kayes

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November 13, 2008 8:55pm

Graves Registration Pool & Graves Registration Unit, Travers Road, Kuala Lumpur 1946. Photo courtesy Mollie Deeming.


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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November 13, 2008 9:02pm

Taiping War Cemetery, Major JH Ingram at the Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur, Major JH Ingram at the Taiping War Cemetery and a Hindu cremation. Photo courtesy Mollie Deeming.


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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November 14, 2008 8:02am

Here is an email from Mollie which I received a couple of hours ago:-


"Hi Kayes,


What can I say? Well done, I think it's marvellous. I feel quite emotional that my Father, dead since 1957 is now on the Internet! I realise that not many people, especially as the years go by are interested particularly in cemeteries but if they are - the phots are there alongside the modern photos. Thank you very much indeed.


I've got a number of other photos listed and ready for you as soon as I can get acccess to a scanner. They are not just of Taiping though, they include the Cameron Highlands, Penang Hill Railway, Penang, Parit buntar, Kuala Lumpur and The Causeway.


Once again many thanks and I will get the other material to you as soon as I can.


Best wishes,


Mollie"
memorialman

Registered: March 2009
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March 9, 2009 6:18am

I have created a database detailing those men in the British/Australian section of the cemetery which can be found at www.roll-of-honour.com/Databases/TaipingWW2/index.html - if there are any photographs or there is more information I would welcome this.


I shall be returning to Taiping sometime this May 2009.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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October 20, 2009 2:25am

I was in Taiping a couple of weeks ago and I saw them returfing the cemetery grounds.


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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October 20, 2009 2:35am

A couple of more pics taken on the same trip.


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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November 13, 2012 6:03pm

An email from Mollie Deemimg:-


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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August 7, 2014 11:30pm

Mollie, if you are reading this. How are you?



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