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The following piece was written by 'Our Man in Rangoon' Maurie Drew - Maurie, we are really grateful:-
Maurie will be at the cemetery in November 2002 - if you need any photographs please let me know on pecbsa@btconnect.com

MYANMAR THAILAND RAILWAY MUSEUM

THANBYUZAYAT MYANMAR (BURMA)

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 The Thanbyuzayat War cemetery is located some 30 kms south of the town of Mawlamyine in south-eastern Myanmar (Burma). The war cemetery is meticulously maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and contains the graves of some 3771 Known and (154 unknown) victims of the construction of the infamous World War II Burma-Thailand railway. The cemetery contains the remains of some 1561 (k)* and 27 (uk)** British servicemen, 1335 (k) and 13 (uk) Australian men, 621 (k) Netherlands men 79 (k) Malayan, 15 (k) Indian, New Zealand (3K) Burmese (1k) and the grave stones of 114 unknown soldiers. An uncertain number of remains of American servicemen were exhumed in the 1950's and returned to the United States.

 Many of the foreign victims were previously POW's in Singapore. The town of Thanbyuzayat was the northern terminus of the railway and is still to this day an active station on the Myanmar Railways system.

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The local authorities in the district have constructed a small museum as a memorial to the victims of the railway construction. An often overlooked fact is that up to 100,000 Asian civilian labourers from Burma Malaya and Indonesia also died on the railway construction as well as the many Allied POWs. The little museum badly needs additional resources to improve the fabric of the structure and organize its content.  

A small enthusiastic committee of resident expatriates in Yangon under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Trevor Wilson, Ambassador of Australia to Myanmar has been formed with the view of assisting the local museum organizers both financially and in any other acceptable ways. The museum is located on the southern outskirts of the town of Thanbuzayat about 2 kilometers from the War Cemetery. In addition to assistance to the museum, the Committee plans to make available information for potential visitors to the district. Travel to the war cemetery is difficult, entailing a three-day overland trip by very rough roads from Yangon. A number of efficient tour companies based in Yangon can  organize trips to the location. Support for the Committee's efforts has been received from the British Ambassador to Myanmar, the Netherlands Ambassador to Thailand and Myanmar as well as ex-service organizations and various Service Clubs such as Rotary from Australia and the UK. 

Additional support is welcome and a formal organization has been registered in Myanmar "The Burma-Thailand Railway Memorial Association" to receive and acknowledge such support. The Myanmar Government has encouraged the formation of the support group and has assisted in a number of ways to move the museum support program forward. The Committee is prepared to assist interested parties who may wish to visit the Thanbuzayat area with advice and contacts for reliable travel services in Myanmar.



Location of Thanbuzayat

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the President of the Committee Mr Duncan MacLean (E-mail address mtpb@mptmail.net.mm  .)

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