Cheras Road War Cemetery is maintained
employed by the CWGC
Sir Henry Gurney (1898-1951)
Cheras Road Civil Cemetery
contains two Commonwealth War Graves maintained cemeteries
within it plus the grave of Sir Henry Gurney the High Commissioner
for Federated Malaya from 1948 until he was assassinated in
The Cemetery is situated south of Kuala Lumpur,
to the left of Cheras Highway toll gates. Entry can be can
be from one of several directions but normally it is found
that it can be reached by turning left into Jalan Kuari immediately
after the toll gates, approximately 4 miles from central Kuala
Lumpur. Crossing the car park, follow the top left hand lane
to the end, thus reaching the Commonwealth Cemetery gate.
The Commonwealth Cemetery is enclosed by a fence planted with
climbers and hedges and backs onto the new highway. Our visit
found us leave the highway just after a petrol service station
onto a short track which then arrived at a divided junction,
we turned left, keeping the highway to our right, and about
100m along the track the cemetery could be seen above us.
At the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur was the headquarters of the 3rd Indian Corps.
Early in 1941 part of the recently raised 8th Division of
the Australian Infantry Force was assigned to Malaya, a territory
of strategic importance to Australia. The headquarters divisional
staff arrived on February 18th in advance of the main force,
which numbered some 6,000 men, and the divisional headquarters
and attached units were posted at Kuala Lumpur. As the Japanese
moved successfully down the peninsula a temporary prisoner-of-war
camp was established at Pudu jail, to which United Kingdom
and Commonwealth serviceman were taken before being sent to
Changi Camp on Singapore island. Some of them died, of wounds
or sickness, while in this camp and were buried in the Cheras
There are 137 Commonwealth burials of the
1939-1945 war here. In addition, there are over 600 non world
war burials of servicemen and dependants here, 5 being unidentified
children of Gurkha soldiers, mainly from the Malayan emergency.
There are 649 graves under the care of the CWGC.
There is also a Roman Catholic Cemetery which
is is a separate plot within Cheras Road Civil Cemetery (no
photographs as yet). The Roman Catholic Cemetery is on high
ground to the right, and will be found by crossing the car
park and following the central, narrow tarmac road to the
end. The Commonwealth war graves are to the left, just before
the Chapel. There are 11 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945
war buried here and also there are a further 11 non world
war Service burials; a total of 22 graves.
[Extract taken from the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission website]