Kanchanaburi- a visit to the cemetery

First, my apology for the poor quality of photographs. These have been taken in a Nokia mobile. Since one gets attached to the memory of the places, I thought of posting them.

I found the cemetery in Kanchanabury very unusual- it was not only well maintained, it also had exquisite colours. On feels like staying a bit longer in this place with with the verdant grass and bell-shaped flowers.

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How many people had died here? Do some of the relatives come here in remembrance? At that moment I felt- Let no one die away from home and let every one who has gone away from home come back in the evening.

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4 responses to “Kanchanaburi- a visit to the cemetery

  1. Relatives have in the past come from the UK to visit the graves of loved ones-but many of them are themselves now dead.
    The British government pays for the upkeep of the graves of the British war dead at Kanchanaburi via the War Graves Commission.
    The dead are still remembered by others:

    http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/Cemeteries/Kanchanaburi_War_Cemetery/

  2. I went to Kanchanaburi earlier this year, and never in my life had I felt so absurd that some teenagers became “war heroes”, and some other teenagers who were doing the same thing but on the wrong side of the border ended up rotting in a ditch, or, if they stayed alive, they are still labelled as war criminals by the laws that are to this very day in effect in a neighbouring country, fellow member of the EU. (I am not talking about SS or other elite corps – regular conscripts and civilians, including my grandmother.)
    I would say being the “winner” or the “loser” messes up the psyche of several generations – even though in fact there are no winners in a war.

  3. Your nokia mobile camera snap good pictures but if you wish for a spare phone,i-mobile 360 made by Samart is now offering at Tesco Lotus for 2,790Baht.(TV,Digital camera,Video recording,FMradio,GPRS/WAP,2.4″display)
    Thailand is the only country in South-East Asia that has ward-off western colonialism.
    I’m wondering how come there are British soldiers dying in action at the end of World War Two here in Siam.
    Are they being held prisoners of war by the Japanese army to work alongside The Death Railway in River Kwai and tortured to death like the Indians and Chinese?Very cruel,sorry Japs.

  4. They were prisoners of war transported over from Malaya. In the museum you can see the tiny wagons used for this purpose.
    I suppose not much hands-on torturing was needed because it was heavy labour with minimal food and diseases.
    Tens of thousands of Asian labourers died as well working on the railway, I was wondering where their memorial or graves were. I wasn’t looking for it because I am not into war stuff but I certainly did not bump into anything.