Located at Ambon (Ambon Town), the Ambon War Cemetery gate is normally kept locked but entry can be made through the side entrance and the resident head gardener's accommodation. Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm by appointment.
Soon after the war, the remains of prisoners of war from Haruku and other camps on the island were removed to Ambon. During 1961, at the request of the Indonesian Government, the remains of 503 graves in Makassar War Cemetery on Celebes Island were added to the cemetery.
The total number of graves in the cemetery is over 2,000. Of this total over half are Australians, of whom about 350 belonged to the 2/21st Australian Infantry Battalion who died during the Japanese invasion of Ambon and Timor, plus those who died in captivity in one of the many camps constructed by the Japanese in the Moluccas Islands, including many British prisoners who were transferred from Java to Ambon during April 1943. Most of the 800 British casualties belonged to the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF); nearly all the naval dead were originally buried at Makassar.
CWGC - Ambon War Cemetery
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January 9, 2018