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    Bomana War Cemetery National Capital District Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Location
Lat -9.39535 Long 147.25309  Bomana War Cemetery is located in Bomana off the Bomana Road, at the edge of Berry Drome (12 Mile) near Port Moresby. in New Guinea. Nearby was Bomana Japanese War Cemetery. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of Papua. Today, located in National Capital District (NCD) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Today administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Officially known as Port Moresby War Cemetery (Bomana) but known locally as Bomana War Cemetery.

Wartime History
During early 1942, an Australian medical unit established a war cemetery at this location. During the war and postwar, the Australian Army Graves Service consolidated battlefield graves to Bomana for permanent burial, including war dead from the Kokoda Trail, Battle of the beachheads including Buna, Gona and Sananada and elsewhere in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville.

Today
Bomana War Cemetery contains 3,823 Commonwealth graves from the Second World War, 700 of them are unidentified with 3,126 identified graves. There is one non-war burial, a Dutch foreign national who was buried at Bomana. The cemetery is administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and is open to the public free of charge. Other Commonwealth War Cemeteries in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are the Lae War Cemetery, Bitapaka War Cemetery (Rabaul War Cemetery) and Samarai Island.

Port Moresby Memorial
The Port Moresby memorial is a series of panels listing the names of those who remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA) in Papua.

British Prisoner Graves
Bomana War Cemetery contains the graves of 436 unidentified British Army Artillerymen who surrendered at Singapore and became Prisoners Of War (POW) of the Japanese and were transported to Rabaul then to Ballale Island where they labored on the airfield until they died or were executed. Their graves are listed as 'Known Unto God" and a memorial plaque is located at the rear of the cemetery.

References
CWGC - Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery

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October 23, 2019

 

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