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Registered: July 2008
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This pic was taken in Taiping in 1947. Can anyone recognise the building or anyone in the photo? Pic courtesy of Mollie Deeming.
· Date: March 31, 2009 · Views: 11755 ·
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memorialman

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 9
April 9, 2009 1:36am

Is this a photograph of the group assigned to recover bodies and re-inter then in Taiping War Cemetery? The mix of nationalities, including the officers, and the fact that there so many Japanese included would lead one to think this. In which case they must have been based near the War Cemetery. Does that make sense?
memorialman

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 9
April 9, 2009 1:39am

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site (www.cwgc.org):


"Taiping War Cemetery was created by the Army after the defeat of Japan for the reception of graves brought from the battlefields, from numerous temporary burial grounds, and from village and other civil cemeteries where permanent maintenance would not be possible. There are separate entrances to the two parts, the plots of Christian graves lying on the south-eastern side of the road and the Muslim and Gurkha graves on the opposite side. In the Muslim and Gurkha section the Stone of Remembrance stands in front of a high bank which forms the north-western boundary. The two small shelters in the cemetery have been constructed of local stone, and a low stone wall flanks the road on each side."


Doed this help locate the building?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 1,377
April 16, 2009 8:09am

Here's an email from Mollie Deeming with the answer Smile


"Hi Kayes,


I've just seen Memorialman's query about where the photo of my father and the company was taken. It was outside the Officers Mess in Taiping - Maxwell is written under one such photo. Could it have been on Maxwell Hill? According to one article.........


"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 who were buried a week ago yesterday were the first to be interred in the Buddhist section.


Major Ingram asks Malayans who know of the location of any war graves to notify the unit in Taiping and transport will be provided to any part of the country to try to recover the remains" undated/newspaper not stated.


The Japaense in the photos are prisoners of war. The Japanese and Sakias worked over old positions in an effort to recover the bodies of the fallen and reinter them in Taiping Military Cemetery. There is one article in the album saying they were the 19 and 22 battalions of Japanese surrendered personnel. The article states that:-


"The Japanese were granted permission to attend a variety concert on Sunday in Upper Museum Road." ......"The Japansese showed good talent and the programmes consisted of musical selections by the 8 piece Tsubasa orchestra, vocal solos by susuki who sand "Terang Bulan" and "Should Old Acquintance by Forgot".... The show lasted one and half hours, and was a great success. I do remember my father saying that the prisoners of war were glad to be out of it. One made him a carved wooden writing box, another made a dressing gown and a third beautifully painted a silk hankie.


Hope this is useful, I think I sent you photo of the Memorial to the Chinese massacred at Kuala Trengannu. About 52 victims were massacred in April 1942. We've decided that we are going to visit Taiping, hopefully at Easter 2010 so we are looking forward to finally seeing Taiping.


Yours Mollie"
memorialman

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 9
April 27, 2009 11:52pm

Please thank Mollie. I shall be back in Taiping in the next week or so visiting the War Cemetery and the Christian Cemetery to pay my respects.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 1,377
February 10, 2017 5:01pm

hi all, can anyone identify where this pic was taken in Taiping? Your help is much appreciated Smile



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