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Kohima War Cementery
About Kohima War Cementery

Kohima War Cementery lies on the battle ground of Garrison Hill. No trace remains of the bungalow, which was destroyed in the fighting, but white concrete lines mark and preserve permanently the historic tennis court. The cemetery now contains 1,420 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

At the highest point in the cemetery stands the Kohima Cremation Memorial commemorating 917 Hindu and Sikh soldiers whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith.

At the lower end of the cemetery, near the entrance, is a memorial to the 2nd Division. It bears the inscription;- "When you go home Tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, We gave our today."

The cemetery also contains a memorial to the 2nd Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment and a number of other regimental memorials have been erected on and near Garrison Hill.The upper cross states “Here, around the tennis court of the Deputy Commissioner lies men who fought in the battle of Kohima in which they and their companions finally halted the invasion of India by the forces of Japan in April 1944”. The other cross reads “When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today”. This cemetery is situated in Kohima, on the battle grounds of Garrison Hill and Commonwealth War Graves Commission is the in-charge for its maintenance.

Visitor Information

The cemetery is completely terraced with terrace levels ranging from 3 - 5 metres high, which makes wheelchair access to this site impossible.

Visitors to Kohima War Cemetery in north-east India should be aware that an area on the western side of the cemetery behind the cremation memorial is cordoned off. This does not prevent access to any of the graves in the cemetery but is intended to restrict access to the service area where there has been some land slippage. Land movement is not uncommon in the hilly area around Kohima and the CWGC is working with the Indian government (a member country of the CWGC) to ensure that remedial steps are taken to stabilise the hillside and prevent further slippage.

The Cemetery is only open to the public while staff are on duty, and is normally closed on Sundays. The residential Group Supervisor's bungalow is located on the roadside by the service entrance a short distance left of the main entrance, and the register of the graves is usually kept at his bungalow.

Location of  Kohima War Cemetery

Kohima War Cemetery is located on the left of the Imphal-Diampur road (Highway 39) close to the centre of the town. Kohima War Cemetery is a historic site, which reminds of the brave warriors, who died during the Japanese Invasion at the time of World War II. This cemetery comprises about 1420 commonwealth funerals, which have stone markers on them. Commemorative decorated bronze plate is placed over the funeral of every warrior. This cemetery comprises about 1,100 British burials, 5 Canadian and 330 Indian burials. This cemetery preserves two famous crosses at its highest and lowest points.

Historical Information

The Japanese advance into India was halted at Kohima in April 1944 and Garrison Hill, a long wooded urge on a high ridge west of the village, was the scene of perhaps the most bitter fighting of the whole Burma campaign when a small Commonwealth force held out against repeated attacks by a Japanese Division. The fiercest hand to hand fighting took place in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner's bungalow, around the tennis court, but the heaviest fatalities on both sides occurred after relieving forces reached the Garrison and the Japanese were driven off the ridge, so re-opening the road to Imphal.



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