This cemetery contains the remains of Asian
labourers and British, Australian and Dutch military personnel who were
Prisoners of War (P.O.W.) under the Japanese from 1942 to 1945, They had
all worked and died during the construction of the "Burma -
Hundreds of thousands of Asians (including many from Myanmar) and POW
toiled for 13 months in appalling conditions, building the infamous
Railway by hand. The Railway which once ran from here 415 km to Nam
Pladuk (Thailand) was operational for only 21 months.
This plaque records that over 80,000 Asians, 6,540 British, 2,830 Dutch,
2,710 Australian and 356 Americans died in the Railway's construction
and is dedicated to their memory. It commemorates the suffering and
fortitude of all who toiled on the Railway.