YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY was constructed by the Australian War Graves Group after the Second World War and contains the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who died in Japan as prisoners of war or with the occupying forces after the war. It comprises of four main parts; the United Kingdom section, the Australian section, the Canadian and New Zealand section and the Indian Forces 1939-1945 section. The cemetery contains 1,555 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the Second World War, including 53 unidentified burials and a small number of special memorials to casualties known to be buried in the cemetery, whose graves could not be precisely located. There is also one First World War burial and a Dutch war grave. The POST WAR PLOT contains 171 non-war service and civilian burials. The cemetery also contains the YOKOHAMA MEMORIAL which commemorates 20 members of the Army of Undivided India and the Royal Indian Air Force who died while serving with the occupation forces in Japan, for whom no burial or cremation information exists. The YOKOHAMA CREMATION MEMORIAL, a shrine which houses an urn containing the ashes of 335 soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Commonwealth, the United States of America and the Netherlands who died as prisoners of war in Japan also stands within the cemetery. Their names (save for 51 who were not identified) are inscribed on the walls of the shrine.
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 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.
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 members, Linda-Lee and Kevin Nicholls.