The Kohima War Cemetery was built in remembrance of the British and Indian soldiers who gave up their lives during the World War second against the Japanese. This cemetery is dedicated to them who died in the battle of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, India.
The Japanese 15th Army attacked the British troops stationed in Imphal and Kohima, in 1944. The fiercest battle was fought at Tennis court (destroyed during the war) of the Deputy commissioner’s bungalow. Previously, the Kohima War Cemetery known as Garrison Hill was a Tennis ground of the Deputy Commissioner before it became the battle ground of the soldiers. The battle of Kohima was fought between the 31st Japanese 2nd Division and the British 2nd Division. The Common wealth forces prevailed over the Japanese forces and forced them to retreat in defeat.
The battle of Kohima and Imphal were voted the ‘Greatest British Battle’ in the world. Today, the Kohima War Cemetery is maintained by Common Wealth War Graves Commission. It is neatly maintained and throwing litters and even carrying eatables stuffs inside is strictly prohibited.
At the lower end of the Cemetery there’s an epitaph that reads, ” When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.” The epitaph is a fitting prelude to those give up their life for a noble cause, far away from home. The most popular inscription all around the World.
At the top of the Cemetery there’s a dome like memorial structure, commemorating 917 Hindus and Sikh soldiers cremated according to their faith.
The war cemetery of Kohima has been visited by many dignitaries, the Duke of York visited the War Cemetery in May 2010. How would it be to die in a strange and foreign land — far away from home. I imagined. Salute to all the brave soldiers. Only a flower stood by their graves to watch over them.