Saturday, 2 July 2016

I have been to ... Greenwich Cemertery

Following on from my very recent blog entry about our visit to Woolwich Cemetery, I thought that I would write about another visit that Sue and I made to a local cemetery, this time Greenwich Cemetery.

The cemetery contains a few notable graves but the most impressive part of the graveyard contains one of the local war memorials.

As you enter the enclosure around the memorial, you pass a stone that bears the inscription 'The Great War Heroes Corner'.

Along the western end of the enclosure are the cross ...

... and the two walls that bear the names of 558 local men who died during the Great War and who are buried within the cemetery. (263 of them are buried in the plot that forms part of 'The Great War Heroes Corner', and the rest are in separate graves scattered around the cemetery.)

A later addition was a wall on the outer western end of the enclosure whereon the names the 121 local people who were killed during the Second World War and buried in the cemetery are listed. (There are 3 graves of unknown World War II servicemen also in the cemetery.)

Near to the memorial is a section of the graveyard that is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (formerly the Imperial War Graves Commission).

It contains the graves of those soldiers from the British Empire who died in the nearby Royal Herbert Military Hospital. (The hospital has since been converted into exclusive apartments).

Some distance downhill from the memorial is a further section of the cemetery that has been divided off, and it contains the graves of 30 Norwegians who died during the Second World War.

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