|1J Wong Nei Chung Road|
Hong Kong Island Hong Kong
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Hong Kong Cemetery, formerly Hong Kong (Happy Valley) Cemetery and before that the Colonial Cemetery, was officially consecrated in 1845.
Each grave is given a number, with one of the most recent (which took place in 2015) numbered 12081; this gives an indication of the number of people who have been interred here over the years. However, numerous burials have been lost or relocated over the decades. Excluding the Columbarium (where a portion of the 3,000 or so graves removed for the 1971 construction of the Aberdeen Tunnel were moved to), there are approximately 6,500 names etched onto the headstones, tombs and memorial monuments of the cemetery. Legible graves in all sections except Sec. 26, the Columbarium, and the Japanese graves of Secs. 34 and 35 have been catalogued on this site at the time of writing.
Many members of the Hong Kong Police Force as well as officers and sailors of the Royal Navy are buried here, as are a number of famous business magnates such as Sir Robert Ho Tung and Sir Catchick Paul Chater, and missionaries such as Karl Gutzlaff, Henrietta Hall Shuck, and Theodosia Dean. The earliest known burial is that of William Brodie, 1841; however, there is also a gravestone to Robert Armstrong showing a death date of 1839.
NOTE: Though the cemetery is open every day, its office is closed on Sundays and open only in the morning on Saturdays.