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  • Country Sri Lanka
  • Total identified casualties 165 Find these casualties
  • Casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 6.89558, Longitude: 79.8682

Location information

The Cremation Memorial stands in the Commonwealth War Graves Plot in Colombo (Liveramentu) Cemetery, a large municipal cemetery about 1.5 kilometres from the centre of the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Torrington Avenue in the direction of Jaawatte, and is known locally as Jaawatte Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Plot is in the left rear corner of the cemetery. On the Memorial are carved the names of over 150 men of the Hindu faith who died while serving in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and who were accorded the last rite required by their religion - committal to fire. The Memorial is in the form of an urn-crowned stone pylon, with wing walls bearing the columns of names. Above the names, in English, Hindi and Sinhalese, is the dedicatory inscription, which reads :- 1939 - 1945 IN HONOUR OF THESE SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND WHOSE MORTAL REMAINS WERE COMMITTED TO FIRE

Visiting information

Before considering a visit to Sri Lanka the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website:

Wheelchair access to this site is possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.

The cemetery is open between 07:00-16:00 every day. There is no resident caretaker so the cemetery cannot be accessed outside of these hours.