TG2008 : Commonwealth war grave in the Jewish section

taken 11 months ago, near to Earlham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Commonwealth war grave in the Jewish section
Commonwealth war grave in the Jewish section
The stone marks the grave of Aircraftman 2nd Class IP Benjamin (service number 1403891). He was killed on 23 April 1942, aged 34.

The Jewish section, also known as Bowthorpe Jewish cemetery, is situated to the east of the Julian Hospital and can be accessed from Bowthorpe Road. The small brick and tile Jewish mortuary chapel > LinkExternal link is situated about 220m to the north-west of the crematorium. It was designed by the architect and Norwich city surveyor EE Benest in 1856. For a view of each one of the headstones and transcription in this burial ground go to: LinkExternal link
Norwich City (Earlham Road) Cemetery :: TG2108
The city has two cemeteries, one on Earlham Road and the other on Rosary Road. (Rosary Road cemetery > LinkExternal link is the first ever non-denominational cemetery in the UK and was established in 1819 by Thomas Drummond, a nonconformist minister.) Earlham Road cemetery, which was established on agricultural land owned by a farmer named John Cater, is bordered by Earlham Road in the south, by Bowthorpe Road in the north and by Dereham Road in the north-east, and it is divided into two parts by Farrow Road (A140) which traverses it from north to south. Opened in 1856, the year when burials within the city were banned, the cemetery originally covered an area of 34 acres (currently 85 acres), some of which was initially put to agricultural use. At the time the burial ground opened, many families could not afford to buy a headstone for their deceased, and of the 745 burials that took place over the first 10 months only four were marked by gravestones. Although burials had increased to 1640 by the year 1890, there were still only 214 headstones. With mortality rates in the army being considerably higher than those of civilians of similar age back then, many of the dead that lie buried in unmarked graves were soldiers from the Britannia Barracks. In 1875 the Burials Board decided to designate an area expressly for the burial of soldiers. The cemetery has separate areas for different religious beliefs, two funeral chapels and a Jewish mortuary chapel. The larger and older part of the cemetery, situated to the east of Farrow Road, is Grade II listed because of its special historic interest. It has also been designated a County Wildlife Site.

In 1892, a large triangle of land adjacent in the west and comprising 40 acres was purchased from S Gurney Buxton and Edward North Buxton, the trustees of the late John Gurney. This part of the cemetery is situated on the other side of Farrow Road, which was built around 1912 and currently forms its eastern boundary. In the north it is bounded by Bowthorpe Road and Gipsy Lane forms the southern boundary. This area of the cemetery, marked on maps as Earlham Rise, was used for burials from the 1940s onwards. The Baedeker raids memorial can be found here but most of the graves are more recent.

For more information, including a plan, go to: LinkExternal link

Recommended reading:
Selected Graves from Earlham Cemetery by Françoise Donovan
Elyse Publications (2013), ISBN-13: 978-0992677305
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Wednesday, 14 March, 2018   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 14 March, 2018
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2095 0894 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.9924N 1:15.8202E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2096 0894
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