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Law War Cemetery is located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens in Lae. Today located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Lae War Cemetery
In 1944, the Australian Army Graves Service commenced the cemetery for burials of those killed in New Guinea, plus Australian Navy losses aboard HMS King George V, HMS Glenearn and HMS Empire Arquebus, and the four men of the Merchant Navy were killed aboard S.S. Gorgon bombed in Milne Bay during April 1943.
There are two men from the United Kingdom, one was attached to 219th Australian Infantry Battalion and the other was a member of the Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery. It includes Indians recovered between But Airfield and Wewak who died as laborers for the Japanese. Previously, they were taken prisoner at Malaya and Hong Kong.
During 1947, the cemetery was transfered to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC). In total, there are 2,818 graves, including 444 that are unidentified and buried as "Known Unto God".
Located inside the cemetery are bronze tablets fixed to walls linking the end columns of the building, upon which are engraved the names of 327 members of the Australian Armed Forces that are Missing In Action (MIA).
CWGC - Lae War Cemetery
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