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 over 1,150 Ossuary interments, there are approximately 6,700 names etched onto the headstones, tombs and memorial monuments of the cemetery, including 200 or so Japanese graves found chiefly in Secs. 26, 34 and 35. There are also a number of illegible gravestones as well as graves marked only by a number.
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 Gützlaff, 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.
My transcription and uploading of information from all of the legible gravestones (including Chinese graves) in every section is essentially complete, though there are about a dozen difficult-to-read stones that I am still working on. The next phase of my project involves reconfirming entries I am unsure of, entering names from the Ossuary (of which I have completed only about 5%), and deciphering the Japanese graves (many of which are almost illegible).
NOTE: Though the cemetery is open every day, its office is closed on Sundays and open only in the morning on Saturdays.
GPS Coordinates: 22.27167, 114.17966
- Added: 24 May 2006
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2177241
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