Terendak Military Cemetery, Malaysia
The Terendak Military Cemetery is situated within the Terendak Camp, Malacca. The Camp is located on the West Coast, thirteen miles north of Malacca on the Malacca-Masjid Tanah Road.
The camp at Malacca was built by the governments of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand during 1957-1959 to house the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade on its move from North Malaysia in 1959-1960.
The first units of 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade moved into Terendak Camp in late 1959 and the Camp was fully occupied by mid-1960 (though building carried on until 1964 when the hospital was completed).
From 1963 until 1966, units of 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade were actively engaged in Borneo, particularly in confrontations with Indonesia. Some casualties from this campaign are buried in the cemetery. Some Australian and New Zealand casualties from the Vietnam War were flown to Terendak and buried there.
The remainder of the graves are those of Commonwealth troops and their dependants who died 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 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade from November 1969-February 1970 and 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.
Visiting the Terendak Military Cemetery
Australians seeking to visit the Terendak Military Cemetery require permission from the Malaysian authorities to do so. This requires the prior submission of a number of documents well in advance. Given notice, visits can be facilitated by the Defence Section at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur enabled by the very good relationship with the Malaysian Armed Forces.
First contact can be made through the Office of Australian War Graves at wargraves [at] dva.gov.au to guide the family/visitor through what is required. This contact needs to occur three months prior to a planned visit to ensure that access can be facilitated.
If you are a non-Australian citizen please contact your Embassy or High Commission in Malaysia for assistance with facilitating access to the Terendak Military Cemetery.