Trincomalee War Cemetery, also known as Trincomalee British War Cemetery or World War II Cemetery, is situated around 6 km north of Trincomalee town along Trincomalee – Pulmoddai main road (A6) on your way to Nilaveli. Is one of the six War Cemeteries in Sri Lanka (4 in Colombo and 1 in Kandy.)
Trincomalee War Cemetery was built in honour of the soldiers who fell during the Second World War – 1939 to 1945. The Cemetery contains remains of 364 causalities of the combined services from different countries such as England, Ceylon, India, Canada, France, Holland, New Zealand, Italy,East Africa, South Africa, Burma and Pakistan. The graves cover one hectare of land and every grave is marked with the name of the of the soldier, position, date of death etc. It is well maintained by the Sri Lankan Government with financial support of Commonwealth War Commission. The relatives of the soldiers pay their observances when they visit Trincomalee. So, it is a significant place for foreign visitors.
Trincomalee was the main strategic Naval & Air-force Base of the British and Allied Powers for the entire South East and Far East Asia Command during World War II. On April 9th, 1942, the Trincomalee sea port came under attack by the Japanese. A British war ship anchored in the harbour got destroyed during the attack, killing 368 soldiers and injuring many. It is believed that the bodies of those who died during this attack and some of the corpses which could not be taken back to Britain were buried here.