Overlooking Taiping War Cemetery
Taiping is a town in Perak State, about 97
kilometres south-east of Penang in the north- west of Malaysia.
It can be reached by motorway either from Penang or from Ipoh,
capital city of the state. Both Penang and Ipoh have airports.
The cemetery is 2 kilometres from the town, past the open
park on the road to the waterfall and swimming pool. Locally
known as Perkuburan Peperangan Taiping; the Cemetery is on
the Jalan Bukit Larut (Bukit Larut Road).
At the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya,
Taiping was on the British line of retreat down the west coast.
Its normal garrison of one Indian Infantry Battalion had been
augmented, a casualty reception station organised, arrangements
made with the civilian authorities for the provision of 500
beds for military patients, and 20 Combined General Hospital
(Indian Army) had been posted there. During the fighting the
Indian 6th and 15th Brigades used Taiping as a rest and re-fitment
centre for a few days; and, as the withdrawal southwards developed,
numerous Indian Army medical units worked there for short
periods before each in turn had to move towards Singapore
with the fighting forces. Taiping War Cemetery was created
by the Army after the defeat of Japan for the reception of
graves brought from the battlefields, from numerous temporary
burial grounds, and from village and other civil cemeteries
where permanent maintenance would not be possible. There are
separate entrances to the two parts, the plots of Christian
graves lying on the south-eastern side of the road and the
Muslim and Gurkha graves on the opposite side. In the Muslim
and Gurkha section the Stone of Remembrance stands in front
of a high bank which forms the north-western boundary. The
two small shelters in the cemetery have been constructed of
local stone, and a low stone wall flanks the road on each
side. There are now 12, 1914-1918 unidentied war casualties
buried in this site and over 850, 1939-1945 war casualties
commemorated in this site, more than 500 of whom are unidentified.