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Includes Borneo.

Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies, and was generally under Dutch control.

However the East India Company had some involvement as Bencoolen on the southside of the island of Sumatra, was occupied by the East India Company from 1685 to 1825, when it was exchanged with the Dutch for Malacca which was more strategically useful.

In 1811, the island of Java was captured by the Madras Army of the East india Company, see Java Expedition and Sir Stamford Raffles was appointed as the island's Governor. In 1814, Java was returned to the Dutch under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

Also see

FIBIS resources


  • BACSA publication Java: British and Empire Graves (1743-1975) by Justin Corfield, 1999. MIs including World War II.
188pp, 70 illustrations and plans ISBN 0 907799 61 2. Available at the British Library.
For details including purchase, see BACSA Books - select Cemetery Record Books.
BACSA have put indexes to the majority of their cemetery books online and these indexes are free to browse. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service.
Justin Corfield’s book incorporates some of, perhaps the British burial entries of, three of the four volumes of the book by P.C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden betreffende Europeanen op Java, [Genealogical and heraldic memorabilia relating to Europeans in Java] published 1934-1939, but not Volume 4, published in Batavia in 1939 and not widely available due to WW2. Volume 4 appears to be available at the British Library (note the BL appears to be missing Volume 3), and Volume 4 is also included, together with the first three volumes, in the DVD mentioned below (Dutch language)
Volumes 1-3 of the book by Bloys van Treslong Prins are available on a FamilySearch microfilm, catalogue entry (Ordering microfilms).
  • British & Indian Armies in the East Indies (1685-1935) by Alan Harfield 1984 is available at the British Library. History of British and Indian Armies in Sumatra, Java, Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore from 1685-1935. Includes names of officers and men buried in these areas. Also includes name lists of persons in some military units which served in these areas.
  • Dutch Indies Genealogical Association sells publications, including a DVD of records from multiple sources including all four volumes of the book by Bloys van Treslong Prins, refer above. Both the DVD and webpage are in Dutch. English translation of the webpage, using Google Translate.

External links

Historical books online

Alexander Dalrymple’s Treaties with Sulu in Malay and Tausug 05 June 2014 British Library Asian and African studies blog.
Come to Java: Information for Travellers, with two maps. Trips in the isle of Java… Official Tourist Bureau 1920. South East Asia Visions, Cornell University.


  1. Full title ‪The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation‬: ‪Particulary the British and Irish; from the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time‬, Volume 11