The Madras War Cemetery and its memorial were created to bring together the Second World War graves received from the cantonment and civil cemeteries located in south and east India. As the permanent maintenance and upkeep of these 1000 odd graves could not be assured in these far flung places, they were collected at their current location in the War Cemetery of Chennai. Here, you will find 856 Commonwealth burials linked with the Second World War. Established by the Imperial War Graves Commission in the year 1952, this venue is now referred to as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Headed by Saurav Goyal, Madras War Cemetery pays rich tribute to those who laid down their lives in World War II. This famous sightseeing location lies in Nandambakkam near Chennai and is maintained by the CWGC and Government of India.
The rear of this cemetery is home to the Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial and is designed on the lines of a "Lawn Cemetery”. This memorial is devoid of any buried dead bodies, but contains named plaques of various British soldiers-- who sacrificed their lives in both the World Wars. The words "Their name liveth for evermore" are inscribed on these plaques and render these servicemen immortal.