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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.

Between August 1914 and May 1915 some 20,000 Scottish territorial soldiers of the (1st) Highland Division were stationed in and around Bedford while they trained and prepared to go to war.

In the winter of 1914/15 measles, scarlet fever and diphtheria ran through the Division's ranks and men from the more remote areas of the Highlands, who lacked immunity, were particularly hard hit. The majority who fell ill survived, but it is estimated that eventually c.130 fatally succumbed. Their remains were either returned to home locations for burial, or interred in Bedford's Foster Hill Road cemetery - the final resting place for thirty-three Highland Division men. At the time some criticised the authorities for failing to do enough to care for the men who fell ill. The truth of the matter was that Army and civilian medical staff worked hard to try to minimise the effects of disease on the troops, but were hampered by the lack of any truly effective drug to treat the main cause of death - bronchial pneumonia; a secondary infection associated with measles and scarlet fever.

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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
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