Sai Wan War Cemetery

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Sai Wan War Cemetery
Cemetery Sai Wan (2).jpg
Country: Hong Kong, China
Coordinates: 22°15′32.1″N 114°14′03.0″E / 22.258917, 114.23417
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of gravesites: 1,059
Website: Sai Wan War Cemetery

The Sai Wan War Cemetery is a cemetery in Hong Kong China containing burials of those who died in the defence of Hong Kong or during their subsequent internment during the Second World War. There are 175 Canadians buried in the cemetery and a further 228 with no known grave commemorated on the Sai Wan Memorial.


The island of Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but intense period of fighting. Most of those buried in this cemetery were killed at this time, or died later as internees or prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation. The remains of those who died as prisoners in Formosa (now Taiwan) were brought to Hong Kong for burial at Sai Wan in 1946.

There are now 1,505 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Sai Wan War Cemetery. 444 of the burials are unidentified.

There are special memorials to 16 Second World War casualties buried in Kowloon (Ho Man Tin) No 3 Muslim Cemetery, whose graves were lost. There are also 77 war graves of other nationalities from this period, the majority of them Dutch and 7 non-world war graves that the Commission maintains on behalf of the MoD. The cemetery contains special memorials to 12 First World War casualties buried in Kowloon (Ta Sek Ku) Mohammedan Cemetery, whose graves have since been lost. At the entrance to the cemetery stands the Sai Wan Memorial bearing the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Battle of Hong Kong or subsequently in captivity and who have no known grave. Additional panels to the memorial form the Sai Wan Cremation Memorial, bearing the names of 144 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith, and the Sai Wan (China) Memorial, commemorating 72 casualties of both wars whose graves in mainland China could not be maintained. Both the cemetery and memorial were designed by Colin St Clair Oakes.


Sai Wan War Cemetery is in the north-east of the island of Hong Kong, in the Chai Wan area, about 11 kilometres from the centre of Victoria.

At the entrance to the cemetery on Cape Collinson Road stands the memorial to those who died in Hong Kong and have no known grave. From it the cemetery slopes down towards the sea.

The cemetery is located on Cape Collinson Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island. Take bus route No. 9 to Shek O from Shau Kei Wan bus terminal, adjacent to exit A3 of mass transit railway Shau Kei Wan station and alight at Cape Collinson bus stop beyond the roundabout on Shek O Road. Walk downwards along Cape Collinson for approximately 600 metres.

"We Rest Here"

The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are buried here.

Headstone Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
Little, John Samuel grave marker.jpg
K34073 Sigmn JS Little VIII. D. 4.
Redhead, Thomas grave marker.jpg
K83057 Sigmn T Redhead VIII. E. 14.
White, Wesley James grave marker.jpg
K34757 LSgt WJ White VIII. G. 2.

The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are commemorated here.

Engraved Name Service Number Rank and Name Inscription Location
Horvath, James Ernest grave marker.jpg
H38902 Sigmn JE Horvath Column 27.
Thomas, Ernest Roy grave marker.jpg
K34801 Sigmn ER Thomas Column 28.

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