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Ernest Joseph Leonard Bolingbroke

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class I Ernest Joseph Leonard Bolingbroke

November 1, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:



Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


357 (R.A.F.). Sqdn.

Additional Information

Commemorated on Page 253 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

Coll. grave 10. L. 6-12.


The town of Kanchanaburi is 129 kilometres North-West of Bangkok and is best reached by road, along the National Highway which runs north from the capital. There are bus and train services from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is situated adjacent to Saeng Chuto Road which is the main road through the town. When approaching from Bangkok, the cemetery is on the left side of the road, towards the far (northern) end of the town. A Commission signpost faces the cemetery on the opposite side of the road.

Visiting Information Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is open at all times. The cemetery and memorial registers are kept in the cemetery service area and must be requested from one of the gardeners. Wheelchair access through the main entrance is impossible due to the design of the entrance feature. Access is possible during normal working hours, 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00-12:00 Saturday, through the service entrance adjacent to the office and base site. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) on telephone number 01628 507200. Please note we are currently embarked on a project to renovate bronze plaques at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand. Visitors may notice different colours and coatings on plaques and this is quite normal as part of the as the renovation process.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Grave Marker– Photograph of headstone of EJL Bolingbroke at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Thailand.  Taken on a visit to the area to view the JEATH War Museum, the cemetery and the Burma-Thai Railway - " Railway of Death" - popularized in the fictionalized movie The Bridge on the River Kwai (actually Khwae).
  • Plaque– This bronze plaque is located on the entrance wall of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Thailand.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– We paid our respects to the lone Canadian resting in Kanchanburi Cemetary.  There were also 5 other resting beside him who all passed on the same day, being November 1st.  I have more images of the cemetary that I can send if desired.  The stone is showing some signs of wear.
  • Photo of ERNEST JOSEPH LEONARD BOLINGBROKE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ERNEST JOSEPH LEONARD BOLINGBROKE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker of E. J. L. Bolingbroke– Grave marker of E. J. L. Bolingbroke, taken in Thailand 1999.

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