The CWGC commemorates 6,500 casualties of the two world wars, at more than 20 separate locations in Hong Kong. The vast majority of graves can be found in two war cemeteries situated at Sai Wan and Stanley.
cWGC Sai Wan War Cemetery
CWGC Sai Wan War Cemetery, in the north-east of Hong Kong Island, is the largest CWGC cemetery in Hong Kong.
The cemetery contains more than 1,500 Second World War and 12 First World War graves. The majority of those buried here were killed during the Battle of Hong Kong, or died later as prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation.
At the entrance to the cemetery stands the Sai Wan Memorial. This bears the names of more than 2,000 casualties of the Second World War who died in Hong Kong and whose places of burial are unknown. Additional panels on the Sai Wan Memorial commemorate 144 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith, along with 72 casualties of both wars whose graves in mainland China could not be maintained. Both the cemetery and memorial were designed by Colin St Clair Oakes.
cWGC Stanley Military Cemetery
There are almost 600 Commonwealth Second World War burials in CWGC Stanley Military Cemetery, situated in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, on the Tai Tam Peninsula.
During the Japanese occupation, Stanley’s jail and village were used as prisoner of war and internment camps. The cemetery, which had been unused since the 1860s, was reopened for burials from the camp. Three First World War graves are also located here.
The CWGC Hong Kong Memorial is located within the cemetery. This was built and unveiled by the CWGC in 2006 – replacing a previous memorial in the form of a granite arch that was erected at the main entrance to the Botanical Gardens on the East side of Victoria.
The memorial commemorates Chinese casualties who served and died with the Commonwealth forces in both world wars.