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BEDFORD CEMETERY - War Graves

World War 1 & 2 & Other - Graves with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2002 Martin Edwards

There 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.

Bedford 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.

The 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.

There are so many graves that this section has been split down to speed up the loading of the details and the photographs. Use the table below to select the section you require.

 

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Maps of the cemetery can be found on a separate page

World War 1 - A-J
World War 1 - K-R
World War 1 - S-Z
World War 2 - A-M
World War 2 - N-Z
Other Conflicts
Last updated 1 May, 2008
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