Kranji War Memorial and Cemetery is located north of the centre of Singapore, overlooking the Straits of Jahore, which joins the island to the mainland of Malaya.. At the time of the Japanese invasion in 1939, Kranji was a military camp. The cemetery was originated on this same spot by the burial of the first few prisoners.
The stone Kranji Memorial is dedicated to the 24, 346 soldiers and airmen of the British Commonwealth and Empire who have no known grave, of which 9,295 are British. The Memorial (also known as the Singapore Memorial) is made up of 13 flat concrete columns which bear the names of these 24,346 men. It is situated behind the Cross of Sacrifice on a small grassy hill, a short flight of white steps spans the front which leads up to a terrace of grass on which the Memorial stands.
The War Cemetery which is in front of the Cross of Sacrifice and the Memorial, contains the graves of 4,465 men, of which 2445 are British, including 589 unknown graves. Each grave is marked by a tall white headstone and bears a carved out regiment insignia. They stand in rows between smooth green grass and flowerings shrubs and trees. The entire cemetery is surrounded by an evergreen hedge