United Nations Memorial Cemetery

Note

There have been recent changes to the Korean alphabet. For example, Pusan now reads Busan and Kapyong reads Gapyong. In order to maintain historical relevance, the older versions of the names are used in this article.

In January 1951, various battlefield cemeteries that had been set up behind the lines were concentrated at Tang-gok, a suburb of Pusan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are national sections marked by flags, and the graves have permanent headstones, each with a bronze plaque giving the name and unit of the deceased.

There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,588 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 378 Canadians.

A stone memorial with bronze panels was erected to commemorate Commonwealth soldiers who died and whose burial places are unknown. Sixteen Canadians are listed on the bronze plaques of the memorial on which the following inscription appears:

On this memorial are inscribed the names of men from Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa who died in the Korean War and have no known grave. They died with men of other countries fighting to uphold the ideals of the United Nations.

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