Gurkhas' graves saved as cemetery privatised

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 June, 1997, 12:00am

Graves of hundreds of Gurkhas were safeguarded yesterday with the creation of a private cemetery in the New Territories.

About 500 soldiers who died serving in Hong Kong are buried in the Gurkha Cemetery at the Cassino Lines barracks near Sek Kong.

The site was handed over to the Government after the British forces moved out and is now home to some of the People's Liberation Army advance party.

It has been decided that the cemetery area will be split from the barracks and preserved.

The British Ministry of Defence will appoint civilian contractors to care for the site.

The Cape Collinson Military Cemetery, where 50, mostly local, soldiers are buried, and the main war cemeteries at Stanley and Sai Wan will also be cared for by Britain after the handover.