TQ7867 : Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery

taken 22 days ago, near to Gillingham, Medway, England

Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery
Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery
There is a large naval section in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery which was reserved by the Admiralty. In all, Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery contains 837 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 82 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials commemorating a number of casualties buried in other cemeteries in the area whose graves could not be maintained.

Second World War burials number 385, 21 of these burials are unidentified. Most are in the naval section. The naval gravestones, unusually, are of grey stone.

Sadly, there are also most of the graves and a memorial to the 24 young members of the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps, aged between nine and thirteen, who were killed on 4th December 1951 on Dock Road in Chatham when they were marching in fog and were hit by a double decker bus. Nineteen of the cadets are buried together, three are nearby in the Roman Catholic section of the cemetery and two are buried elsewhere. It was the highest loss of life in any road accident in British history, until it was surpassed in 1975.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 November, 2023   (more nearby)
Monday, 20 November, 2023
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7879 6798 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.9624N 0:34.0733E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7882 6797
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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