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Batu Gajah, Malaysia

The Cemetery at Batu Gajah is called God's Little Acre after the memorial cross erected by The Perak Planter's Association and others to commemorate the Communist Emergency 1949-1960.
The memorial inscription can be seen (above).
At the gate to the cemetery stands a Roll of Honour to those killed during the emergency.
Three planters were killed initially which sparked off the emergency. They were Allison, Christian and Walker who were murdered at Sungai Siput on 16th June 1948.
Many graves to the servicemen, police and planters can be found in God's Little Acre. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintaining the graves. This particular stone marks the grave of Peter D Fordham, Marine, R.M. 8250, 45 Commando R.M. 25th September 1951. Aged 20.
Several buildings still stand from the days of British rule. The Court House opposite stands by the hospital and the Governor's Residence.
Batu Gajah prison is still in operation today after many years. During the second world war the Japanese used this as an interrogation block. Notably Lim Bo Seng was held, and died, here. His body was buried nearby and later exhumed to be buried with honours in Singapore.
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