Guwahati, December 06: Located on the Navagraha Road near Silpukhuri in the heart of the capital city of Assam, Gauhati War Cemetery is home to 486 Commonwealth servicemen buried in the cemetery. 25 of the burials are yet to be identified, according to information published on the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) website. The cemetery also has 24 Chinese graves and two non-war graves.
The Gauhati War Cemetery was started during the Second World War for burials from several military hospitals posted in the area. Later, other graves were also brought in by the Army Graves Service from Amari Bari Military Cemetery, Sylhet Military Cemetery, Mohachara Cemetery,v Nowgong Civil Cemetery and Gauhati Civil Cemetery, where permanent maintenance could not be assured. Also for the same reason, more 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.
It must be noted that the Gauhati War Cemetery is the only cemetery among the nine cemeteries in India which has war graves of Japanese soldiers. Maintained by the CWGC, the Gauhati War Cemetery also include a number of memorial plaques placed to honour Hindu soldiers who wouldn’t have been buried there.
The cemetery bears witness to very few visitors due to lack of publicity and promotion; many citizens of Guwahati themselves are unaware of the location. However, it is one among the most peaceful places in the city. We, at Team UniTreed, recommend our readers to visit the Gauhati War Cemetery as soon as possible.
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Time to visit the cemetery
Photos by Mrinmoy Buragohain