is one area set aside at the top of the hill deep into the cemetery
for 1914-1919 and 1939-1945 graves but there are graves scattered
throughout the cemetery. Although it is believed that we have found
all of these this may not be totally true and we would like to hear
of any that we have missed. Please let us know a rough geographical
section of the cemetery if you find one of these.
is the county town of Bedfordshire and is bisected by the River
Ouse. It lies about 50 miles north-west of London, from which it
is easily reached by road or rail. The cemetery is owned by the
Bedford Corporation, and is a mile-and-a-half north-west of the
railway station. It contains war graves of both world wars, some
in a combined 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 War graves plot and the rest
widely distributed throughout the cemetery. The 1914-1918 burials
number 151, of which 41 are in the plot. There are in all 70 burials
of the 1939-1945 War, and this total is made up by 8 sailors, 32
soldiers, and 25 airmen belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom;
1 airman of the Royal Canadian Air Force; 1 soldier belonging to
the army of undivided India and 3 Polish soldiers. Only twelve of
the graves are in the plot, which is enclosed on three sides by
a retaining wall, with the Cross of Sacrifice standing between two
groups of graves. The continuous flower borders which run along
the lines of headstones are set off by the level mown turf in which
the graves lie.
large number of Scots who died in Bedford during World War 1 was
mainly down to the fact that they were billetted there when various
diseases such as measles and chicken pox broke out. Many died through
lack of medical attention.
are so many graves that this section has been split down to speed
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