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War Graves, Malaya

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for War who is responsible for the care of war graves in Malaya; and what steps he is taking to secure the provision of adequate headstones.

The graves of Service men in Malaya are the responsibility of the Service authorities. They are mostly in civil cemeteries and are at present marked by wooden crosses. Permanent headstones will be provided and they will be looked after by the War Department.

Is the Minister aware that this reply will give the greater satisfaction to many of those who were prisoners in Malaya and who know of the extremely good order in which the graves were kept during the difficult times from 1942 to 1945?