Madras War Cementry – an immortal resting place
The War cemetery is at Nandambakkam, Chennai. It has 856 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. It was recognized in 1952 by the Imperial War Graves Commission, as a tribute to the people who lost their lives in The Second World War. It is presently protected and maintained by the CWGC along with Government of India.It is on Mount-Poonamallee Road, Nandambakkam, which is roughly 5 km from the airport .The cemetery is open to the public in all the days, (including Sundays) from 10am – 6pm.
The Madras 1914–1918 War Memorial is at the back of the cemetery. The memorial is more like a “Lawn Cemetery”, wherein the graves are arranged in lines. It is a peculiar Memorial since it has plaques engraved with the names of British soldiers who died in both the World Wars, with the words “Their name liveth for evermore”. It has the names of more than 1,000 servicemen who had lost their lives in the First World War and lie in various civil and cantonment cemeteries where it is impossible to preserve their graves forever.
Moreover, the remains of some Commonwealth nationals are also buried here. They were 14 Australians and 5 New Zealanders.
The War Cemetery is not only one of the famous attractions in Chennai, but indeed a place which instigates the feeling of respect in us, for those noble souls.