Commonwealth burials from WW2 rest in peace at Mainamati War Cemetery

- A Monitor Report1 Oct, 2019 | 1931 Views|-+
Kumilla : The Mainamati War Cemetery, also known as Kumilla War Cemetery, is a war cemetery and a memorial in Kumilla, which contains graves of those, who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War from the nearby areas. The cemetery contains 736 Commonwealth burials of the war.

It was established and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), to pay tribute to those martyrs of the Second World War. The cemetery is located in the Kumilla Cantonment area.

Before the war, Mainamati was a hamlet of a few dozen huts. However, during the war, a large military camp was established over there. Several ordinance depots and a number of military hospitals, both British and Indian, were in the area, including Nos. 14 and 150 British General Hospitals.

The majority of the burials in the cemetery were from those hospitals. The Army Graves Service and the Commission further moved graves from isolated places nearby and also some from as far afield as Burma into the cemetery.

They even felt necessary to transfer some graves from small cemeteries of Dhaka, Faridpur, Paksay, Saidpur, Santahar and Sirajganj, where they could not be maintained.

The cemetery was initiated by the Army and laid out by the garrison engineer. The beautiful cemetery is adorned by a small flat-topped hill crowned with indigenous flowers and evergreen trees.

Between the entrance and this hill, the headstones of the Christian and Muslim graves lie in rows on different sides. Majestically a shelter looks over the Muslim graves to a tree-framed view of the countryside beyond.

There are inscriptions written on each grave stating the name, date of birth and date of death of the martyr.

On a terrace about half-way up the hill, the Cross of Sacrifice stands tall, facing the entrance welcoming all those who step in.

Visitors are sure to be enchanted with the picturesque ambient of the cemetery and the tranquility it offers.

How to go

Kumilla has great transport and communication system. Travellers can go by train or bus or car from Dhaka to Kumilla. It is 97 km away from the capital. Travellers can take a bus from bus stands at Kamlapur, Sayedabad etc.

After reaching the Kumilla Sadar upazila, travellers can take a rickshaw and come to West Forezpur to visit this attraction.

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