Located within walking distance of Uppuveli, the impeccably kept Commonwealth War Cemetery makes for a somber visit. The 362 graves at the cemetery are mainly of servicemen who died in Sri Lanka during World War II, when Trincomalee was an importance base. In April 1942, the town suffered Japanese air raids that also sank several British and Australian ships in the Indian Ocean.
Organized in rows, each of the headstones bears symbols that identify the deceased as seamen or part of the air crew. The symbols also denote the nationality; gravestones of those from New Zealand, for example, are engraved with the silver fern. The moving epitaphs here are a grim reminder of the horrors of World War II. One such epitaph is that of a nurse called Joan Barker, which reads “A short but tremendously useful life”. Those who wish to have a look at the register of the graves can contact the warden who is usually on site. more