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Casualties from First & Second World War

About 11 kilometres from New Delhi, India, is the Delhi War Cemetery. Built in 1951, there are more than 1,020 British Empire casualties from the Second World War buried or commemorated by special memorial, together with a number of war graves of other nationalities, mostly Dutch.

Indian forces played a significant part in the war effort during both world wars. They served in many theatres from October 1914 when the first units arrived on the Western Front. They fought in the battles of Neuve Chapelle and the Ypres Salient and the campaigns in Gallipoli, East Africa and Mesopotamia. During the Second World War, they fought in Burma (now Myanmar), Singapore, Italy and Egypt.

key features

  • Delhi War Cemetery was created in 1951 when graves from many cemeteries in northern India were moved to the site to ensure their permanent maintenance
  • The Delhi 1939-45 War Memorial forms the entrance to Delhi War Cemetery and an identical memorial stands in Karachi War Cemetery
  • No names appear on the memorials but a Roll of Honour at each site, one in Hindi and the other in Urdu, record the names of those commemorated

History

The Delhi 1939-1945 War Memorial forms the entrance to Delhi War Cemetery, and an identical memorial stands in Karachi War Cemetery.

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Visit

The cemetery is open Monday to Friday from 7.45am - 5.00pm GMT. For weekends and other festival holidays, access is only possible via the side entrance.

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