Our Korean War dead
Five years after the end of the Second World War, 17,000 Australian troops were again called into action; of these, 340 Australians fighting with the United Nations forces during the Korean War lost their lives. For more information on the history of the Korean War, see Korean War 1950–53 (Australian War Memorial website).
United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Korea
Of the Australian war dead, 281 lie with thousands of their UN allies in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery (UNMCK). The 12.4 hectare cemetery at Tanggok, Pusan in Korea is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) for the UNMCK in 1973. The 11 nations, including Australia, contribute proportionately to the upkeep of the cemetery.
For more information about the Korean cemetery, see the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea website.
Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan
Ten Australian war dead from Korea are buried at the Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan, in the Post-War Plot.
For more information about the Japanese cemetery, see the Yokohama War Cemetery on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
Cemeteries and Gardens of Remembrance in Australia
Eleven Australians died after return to Australia during the war period. They now rest in civil cemeteries and crematoria, with their official commemoration either at the gravesite or crematorium or at an OAWG Garden of Remembrance, in accordance with the wishes of their family.
Australian National Korean War Memorial
The Australian National Korean War Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra commemorates and honours those who died and served in the Korean War. Responsibility for maintaining the memorial rests with the National Capital Authority.
- Australian National Korean War Memorial (National Capital Authority website)
- Korean War Memorial, Canberra (Wikipedia)
Memorial to the Missing
Within the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, a Memorial to the Missing commemorates 44 Australians and other members of the UN forces who died during the Korean War but have no known grave. This memorial is maintained by the CWGC.
The Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War lists the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in Korea.
Contact the OAWG for help where a particular person who died during the Korean War is buried.