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    Bomana War Cemetery National Capital District Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Location
Bomana War Cemetery at Bomana off the Bomana Road, at the edge of Berry Drome (12 Mile) near Port Moresby. Also known as "Port Moresby War Cemetery".

Wartime History
During early 1942, an Australian medical unit established a war cemetery at this location. During the war and postwar, the Australian Army Graves Service consolidated battlefield graves to Bomana for permanent burial, including war dead from the Kokoda Trail, Battle of the beachheads at Buna, Gona and Sananada and elsewhere in Papua and Bougainville.

Today
Bomana War Cemetery contains 3,823 Commonwealth graves from the Second World War, 700 of them unidentified. There is one non-war burial and one Dutch foreign national buried at Bomana. The cemetery is administered as a Commonwealth War Cemetery. Other Commonwealth War Cemeteries in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are the Lae War Cemetery, Bitapaka War Cemetery (Rabaul War Cemetery) and Samarai Island.

Port Moresby Memorial
The Port Moresby memorial is a series of panels listing the names of those Missing In Action (MIA) in Papua.

British Prisoner Graves
Bomana War Cemetery contains the graves of 436 unidentified British Army Artillerymen who surrendered at Singapore and became Prisoners Of War (POW) of the Japanese and were transported to Rabaul then onward to Ballale Island where they labored on the airfield until they died or were executed. Their graves are listed as 'Known Unto God" and a memorial plaque is located at the rear of the cemetery.

References
CWGC - Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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