New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
New Zealand Ambassador visits Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Maluku
The grave of a New Zealand signalman who served on the HMS Exter during World War Two was visited by New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor while on a trip to Ambon city in the Maluku Islands recently.
NZ2923 Signalman Jeffrey Michael Grave Morris died on 31 January 1945 aged 22, and is the only officially marked grave of a New Zealander in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery there, said Ambassador Taylor.
“There may be other kiwis who served with the Australian or British forces interred in Ambon or perhaps among the unknown soldiers buried.
A team of Indonesian caretakers keep the cemetery in magnificent condition.
“It is a beautiful peaceful park containing several thousand graves under rain trees on a mountainside overlooking a mosque and the harbour. I found this peaceful resting place an emotional stop, but an important one to make, “he said
Ambassador Taylor was in Ambon to attend an ASEAN workshop.