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Yokohama Panel Unveiling

Stories of Second World War casualties in Japan to be revealed through smartphone technology

23 July 2015

Yokohama War Cemetery was begun in 1945 by the 38th Australian War Graves Unit, and is now the final resting place of prisoners of war who died throughout Japan during the Second World War. It is the only Commonwealth war cemetery in Japan and contains some 1,500 graves.

The information panel will be unveiled on 24 July by our Vice Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French. It forms part of a global initiative aimed at helping visitors to better understand the historic events which led to the creation of our cemeteries and memorials.

Visitors can use their phones to scan a code on the panel that navigates to a website revealing the stories of those commemorated. Among the stories revealed at Yokohama is that of Private Halwyn Wilfred Buttsworth.

Halwyn was born in Launceston, Tasmania in Australia. He was a keen sportsman and worked for a bank before joining the army in 1941. In January 1942 he sailed for Malaya - just four months before his baby daughter Anne was born. Halwyn was destined never to see his daughter. He was captured at Singapore and sent to a number of prisoner of war camps before being shipped to Japan in 1944 - arriving at Fukuoka camp in September. He died shortly after on 18 December 1944.

Click on the link to discover more about Halwyn's story: