Jakarta War Cemetery otherwise known
as Djakarta War Cemetery or the local name of Makam Perang
The cemetery is accessed by several
stone steps that lead directly into the Memorial building.
Opposite the entrance is the old civilian cemetery which today
takes the overflow of the local nearby market.
After the war this Commonwealth War
Cemetery contained the graves of 474 servicemen. The acquisition
of nearby land allowed the remains of those who had been buried
at the Netherlands Field of Honour at Sourbaya, Palembang,
Medan and Muntok in Sumatra to be brought to the Jakarta Cemetery,
bringing the total number of graves up to 1,000, many of whom
died defending Java and Sumatra against the Japanese in 1942.
The cemetery to-day consists of two
main grassed paths, one north to south and the other east
to west and the Cross of Sacrifice is located where these
two paths cross.
The headstones, as in most other War
Cemeteries, are small, tablet stones inset with bronze plaques.
In common with other War Cemeteries a host of colourful native
shrubs and plants can be found surrounded by sub-tropical