Yokohama is Japan's second biggest city after Tokyo and the Yokohama Hodogaya War Graves Cemetery is situated about 10 kilometres to the north of the centre of the city.
It was created after the war by the Australian War Graves Commission. It lies beside a children's play area. and is made up of four sections. British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand and the Indians Forces. A Cross of Sacrifice stands in the first three sections
The total number of graves is 1,518 of which 1013 are British, 278 Australians,137 Canadians and numerous others.
Omi camp was established on the 12 May 1943: Established as Tokyo 9B, 23 May 1943: 296 British arrive ex Kyokko Maru, 1 Aug 1943: Renamed 7-D, 14 April 1944 (Approx) - 106 Yanks arrive, August 1945: Again renamed 13-B, 6 September 1945: Rescue effected, men sent by train to Yokohama. The camp housed over 600 hundred men at the end of the war comprising from the 22 May 1943: 296 British, 8 October 1943: 1 American, 29 March 1944: 4 American, 29 April 1944: 100 American. 16 May 1945: 6 American and finally on the 16 May 1945 194 British.
A view of the British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Hodogaya, Yokohama, Japan photo taken June 2013 by Mr Kengo Kobayashi who works at the cemetery for the War Graves Commission.
Photos were also taken of the headstones of those British servicemen who died at OMI Camp. Click on the links below.
Details of graves were kindly provided by Cofepow member, Kevin Nicholls