Terendak Military Cemetery, Malaysia

The Terendak Military Cemetery is situated within the perimeter of Terendak Camp, Malacca.

Terendak Camp, the newest and most modern camp in the Federation of Malaysia, is located on the West Coast some thirteen miles north of Malacca on the Malacca-Masjid Tanah Road.

The camp was built during 1957-1959 and was sited at Malacca in order to assist the economy of the state. It was a Commonwealth venture designed to house the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade on their move from North Malaysia in 1959-1960. Funds were provided by the governments of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand on a percentage basis.

The first units of 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade moved into Terendak Camp in late 1959 and by mid-1960 the camp was fully occupied, although building carried on until 1964 when the hospital was completed.

Units of 28 Comwel Brigade, as it became known, were actively engaged in Borneo during the period of confrontation with Indonesia from 1963 until 1966 and some casualties from this campaign are buried in the cemetery. Additionally some Australian and New Zealand casualties from the Vietnam War were flown to Terendak and buried there.

Graves in Terendak Military Cemetery
Graves at Terendak Military Cemetery
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The remainder of the graves are those of British and Commonwealth troops and their dependants who died of natural causes during the Brigade’s occupation of the camp, plus the remains of some Service personnel which were exhumed from outlying cemeteries and reburied in Terendak.

The camp was vacated by 28 Commonwealth Brigade during the period November 1969-February 1970 and was handed over to the Malaysian Army on 28 March 1970. Terendak Camp is now home to the Malaysian Army’s 3rd Division and 10th Parachute Brigade.

The cemetery itself lies in a hollow, just below the hospital and just off the main road running through the centre of the camp. It is completely hidden from the road and access is by a narrow road leading directly to the gate.

A large white cross stands to the left of the gate and inside, immediately facing the entrance, is a memorial wall commemorating Service personnel who died in Malaysia but whose bodies were never recovered.

The graves lie on a slope surrounded by trees. At the foot of the slope lies a garden of remembrance where children are buried.

For information regarding burials in Terendak Military Cemetery, contact the Office of Australian War Graves. Those intending to visit Terendak need to follow strict procedures prior to visiting.

See: Procedures for visiting Terendak Military Cemetery