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Kirkee War Cemetery, Pune

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The Kirkee War Cemetery is a cemetery in Khadki (formerly named Kirkee), a town near Pune (formerly Poona) in Maharashtra, India. The cemetery was created to provide graves for the fallen from central and western India in the Second World War, where there could not be certainty about their graves elsewhere being permanently maintained.
The cemetery holds the graves of 1,668 Commonwealth service personnel from World War II, and 629 from World War I who were reburied here from Bombay's Sewri Christian Cemetery in 1962. The graves from Sewri are unmarked and their names listed on the Kirkee (1914–18) Memorial.

The Kirkee (1914–1918) Memorial is dedicated to 735 Commonwealth service personnel who died in India in World War I and whose graves were in various locations where they could not be maintained, to the 629 whose remains were reburied within the cemetery in 1962 from Sewri Christian Cemetery, and to about 193 soldiers of East and West African origin who died from 1939 to 1945 in various non-operational areas around the country. There is also the Kirkee (1939–1945) Memorial to 197 Commonwealth service personnel (excepting East and West African) who died in World War II and whose graves in other parts of India and in Pakistan are unmaintainable.

There are two special memorials erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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  • An oasis of peace and serenity beside a busy main road. The graveyard is very well tended and the records available at the entrance for reference. It is open to the public and is free. 
    An oasis of peace and serenity beside a busy main road. The graveyard is very well tended and the records available at the entrance for reference. It is open to the public and is free.  more »
  • Beautifully kept cemetery commanding respect and remembrance in a very tranquil setting. So pleased I visited. 
    Beautifully kept cemetery commanding respect and remembrance in a very tranquil setting. So pleased I visited.  more »
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  • It is the war memorial in the Second World War memorials. It is maintained very well. In this place 629 bodies are buried here from different countries. You can see the details of the soldiers and there country. There names are also marked on the stone pice. There are beautiful gardens and walk ways. You can find seats to sit there boundaries. There are people who where working here to maintain the garden. You can enter here without any restrictions. And it is really a nice place if you have a chance to visit there.
  • A well maintained, beautifully landscaped, war cemetery. It is just next to the Mula River. In order to enter, you just need to ask permission from the manger who can be found in the building just opposite to the cemetery. As you enter, make an entry in the visitors register. This cemetery, revives the respect for the fallen men & women, and our uniformed men & women in the borders, protecting us selflessly. The atmosphere is filled with patriotism which is almost palpable. A must visit place, & if you have enough time, make sure you read the writings in each gravestone. There are men as young as 19 years old. The heartbreaking lines will either leave you with pride filled heart or tear filled eyes. Most Cantonments have a war cemetery which have been maintained really well. The visitors mostly include family, friends & relatives of the fallen. Foreign men & women fighting for their country, who died for their country, & were buried in a foreign land with a folded flag received by their family. If this doesn’t motivate you to visit & pay your respects, I don’t know what will.

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