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Greenwich Cemetery is a cemetery in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London. It is situated on the southwestern slopes of Shooter's Hill, on the western side of the A205 South Circular, Well Hall Road, approximately halfway between Woolwich, to the north, and Eltham, to the south.

It was established in 1856 by Greenwich Burial Board, has two "lumpish" Gothic chapels, and a 1930s entrance lodge. Its hillside position gives views towards Crystal Palace and the City of London. The cemetery's proximity to the Royal Military Academy, Royal Arsenal, the Royal Herbert Military Hospital and other military establishments means numerous army personnel are buried there.


Greenwich Cemetery contains 558 World War I burials. Over half are scattered throughout the cemetery, but 263 form a large war graves plot known as 'Heroes' Corner', where two curved screen walls bear the names of casualties buried both in the plot and in unmarked graves in the cemetery.

An adjoining World War II plot contains 75 graves; in total, the cemetery contains 124 Second World War burials, 3 of which are unidentified British soldiers, and 30 Norwegian service graves. Other memorials include:

  • Sir Charles Hamilton (28 May 1845 – 15 Nov 1928) - businessman and MP for Rotherhithe
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Holland (1862-1927), Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, died MP for Northampton
  • Surgeon General James Jameson (1837-1904) - Director General of the Army Medical Services in the Boer War and the Commander of the British Ambulance Division in the Franco-Prussian War.
  • Nikolay Ogarev (aka Nicholas Ogareff; 1813-1877) - exiled Russian revolutionary (in 1966, his remains were exhumed and cremated, and his ashes were taken to Russia by two members of the Soviet Writers’ Union)
  • Sir William Poland (1797-1884)
  • Christopher Rowland (1929-1967) - MP for Meriden
  • Sir Andrew Scott (1857-1939)
  • Captain Walter Napleton Stone VC (1891-1917) The headstone is a cenotaph: his actual grave in France was never found and he is officially commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing.
  • References

    Greenwich Cemetery Wikipedia

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