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World War II Cemetery

Trinco-Nilaveli , Nilaveli, East Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Nilaveli
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The Trincomalee War Cemetery is located along the Trinco-Nilaveli Road and was built in honour of the soldiers who died during the period of World War II.

Trinco sea port was formerly a naval base and during the war it came under attack by the Japanese. Following the incident, a British war ship in the harbour got destroyed killing 368 soldiers and injuring many. It is believed that the bodies of those who died and some of the corpses which could not be taken back to Britain were buried here. In addition the cemetery has the graves of Lankan soldiers who died during the phase of the World War II.

The cemetery has been caught in crossfire and bombed countless times during recent decades but it’s still well kept and in good condition.

The Trincomalee War Cemetery is one of the six Commonwealth war cemeteries in Sri Lanka; it is maintained by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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