In Memory of


71st Bde. Sigs., Royal Corps of Signals
who died on
Saturday, 22nd April 1944. Age 34.

Additional Information: Son of the Revd. Frederick William Charles Woollett and Elizabeth M. Woollett; husband of Phyllis Maud Woollett (nee Dover), of Shaldon, Devon.

Commemorative Information

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
4. B. 12.
Location: Taukkyan War Cemetery is outside Yangon (formerly Rangoon), near the airport and immediately adjoining the village of Taukkyan. It is on PY1 road (formerly Prome Road), about 35 kilometres north of the city from which it is easily accessible. In the centre of the Cemetery stands the Rangoon Memorial, surrounded by the graves of more than 6,000 men who fought and died with those whom it commemorates, whose remains were brought from the battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw, and from scattered jungle and roadside graves all over Burma. The Taukkyan Cremation Memorial, situated at the far end of the Taukkyan War Cemetery, commemorates over 900 men of the forces of undivided India and 80 members of the army of Burma who died during the 1939-1945 World War and whose remains were accorded the last rite required by their religion - committal to fire.

Historical Information: Burma (now Myanmar), was formerly part of British India. It became a separate state in April, 1937. During the Japanese occupation the civil Government functioned in India from December 1941, returning to Burma in October 1945. After the war Burma broke away from British rule and became a soverign independent republic called the Independent Union of Burma, consisting of Burma proper, the Shan States and Karen States. Taukkyan War Cemetery is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Burma. It was commenced in 1951 for the reception of graves from four battlefield cemeteries which were difficult to access and could not be maintained; Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw Cemeteries. The last was an original "Chindit" cemetery containing many of the casualties from the battle for Myitkyina. The individuality of these battlefield cemeteries has been carefully preserved by grouping together in this new cemetery the graves from each. Graves were also transferred from civil and cantonment cemeteries, and a number of jungle and roadside graves were brought in. Owing to prolonged post-war unrest, considerable delay occured before the Army Graves Service were able to complete their work, and in the meantime many such graves had disappeared. However, when the task was resumed, several hundred more graves were retrieved from scattered positions throughout the country and brought together here. In addition, the graves of 52 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the years 1914-1918 have also been moved into this cemetery from Henzada Cemetery (1), Meiktila Cantonment Cemetery (8), Thayetmyo New Cemetery (5), Thamakan Cemetery (4), Mandalay Military Cemetery (12) and Maymyo Cantonment Cemetery (22), where permanent maintenance was not possible. There are now 52 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 5,922 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war commemorated in this site (excluding the memorials). 867 of the 1939-45 casualties are unidentified. There are also 2 non world war burials here.

This page last updated 19th November 2001