© Peter Hodgkinson 2016
West Norwood Cemetery is one of the ‘magnificent seven’ Victorian cemeteries of London
The first burials began in 1837 and by 2000 there had been 164,000 burials in 42,000 plots, plus 34,000 cremations and several thousand interments in its catacombs.
There are 137 World War One Commonwealth War Grave Commission recorded burials there, as well as some 70 inscriptions to soldiers who died in the conflict and who are buried or memorialised overseas.
In addition there are victims of the Lusitania commemorated, as well as other notables such as Sir Hiram Maxim, inventor of the Maxim machine gun.
Peter is working with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery to produce a booklet commemorating all those buried in the cemetery who have connections to the war, giving biographical details.
It is hoped the booklet will be available towards the end of 2019.