TQ7867 : Some of the cadet graves in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery

taken 10 days ago, near to Gillingham, Medway, England

Some of the cadet graves in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery
Some of the cadet graves in 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. It was the highest loss of life in any road accident in British history, until it was surpassed in 1975. Nineteen of the cadets are buried in the graves ahead, three are nearby in the Roman Catholic section of the cemetery and two are buried elsewhere.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 November, 2023   (more nearby)
Monday, 20 November, 2023
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7888 6790 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.9176N 0:34.1484E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7888 6791
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