Saigon Military Cemetery location.

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  1. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Does anyone know the exact location of Saigon Military Cemetery, my uncle was interred here, before being exhumed and reinterred at Kranji War Cemetery in 1954.

    Regards

    Liam.
     
  2. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Does anyone know the exact location of Saigon Military Cemetery, my uncle was interred here, before being exhumed and reinterred at Kranji War Cemetery in 1954.

    Regards

    Liam.
     
  3. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Threads merged
     
  5. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Thanks, wasn't sure which section to put it in.
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I'd ask the CWGC themselves.
     
  7. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Sadly they do not know.
     
  8. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    Kew "Discovery" has this :

    Reference:
    FO 369/5066
    Description:
    Closure of British war cemetery at Tan Son Hoa, near Saigon
    Date:
    1954
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department:
    1863
    Legal status:
    Public Record(s)
    Closure status:
    Open Document, Open Description
     
  9. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Thank you Papiermache
     
  10. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Or they never looked ! The CWGC record the move of 161 graves was completed from Saigon War Cemetery to Kranji by 31 March 1954.
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    It was known as Saigon (British) War Cemetery . The CWGC have lots of mentions of it in their Archive and photographs !
    GetImage (1) saigon.jpg

    GetImage saigon.jpg
    View of reinforced concrete cross to 8 and 10 British Prisoner of War Camps within the cemetery . Graves from this cemetery were later concentrated into Kranji War Cemetery.

    File No
    ADD 9/1/38
    Saigon British War Cemetery, Vietnam (French Indo-China)
    Which isn`t online Contains photographs of the graves at Saigon just prior to their removal to Kranji War Cemetery in 1954, including photos of the exhumation work and reburial work .


    Ask them again :)


    Kyle
     
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  11. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Jo

    Thanks Kyle, a friend did say they are unhelpful at times.

    Thanks for the images, do you know the location of the cemetery within Saigon? Are the offline photos for public viewing?

    Liam
     
  12. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    I dont think it was actually in Saigon one of the files from 1950 has a request that the cemetery be located nearer to Saigon itself but this was not possible and the Graves were opened and their occupants flown to Kranji. I have not looked in any great detail but if these files are held by the CWGC they will have the location possibly in the photograph file you ask about ? The file reference is online but the contents are not. Only an appointment (when/if they reopen their office) will reveal the contents,unless you find a helpful soul at the CWGC office (they do exist !) :)

    Kyle
     
  13. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Hello Liam,

    You could (only if you wanted to of course) come at it from another angle too. Should you wish to have a try, give the folks as much information as you can, emphasising that any details they may be able to provide regarding the cemetery site are in relation to the time of occupation by the Japanese during the second world war, and the shared struggle to drive them out.

    As difficult as things were for the country after the end of the French occupation (and beyond) there may still be some records in Vietnamese archives (an map maybe?).

    Relations with the West are much better now than they once were, so it may be worth a try.

    http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/contact

    Good luck with your quest.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.
     
  14. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Thanks guys I'll do as you suggest

    Best regards

    Liam
     

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