Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Military graves

In Rectory Lane Cemetery there are many graves with military connections to conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries.

poppyIn all, there are 14 CWGC burials of the First World War and 13 of the Second World War in Rectory Lane Cemetery. In addition there are a further 23 others buried here who served in WWI or WWII, but for various reasons did not qualify for a CWGC headstone.

During World War I (1914–18), 200 men and boys who were born or lived in Berkhamsted lost their lives. While many who were killed in action were interred in the large battlefield Cemeteries of Belgium and France, a number were buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery. Some returned home and died later as a consequence of their wounds; others fell victim to the 1918 Flu Pandemic.

In Rectory Lane Cemetery there are a number of headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC, formerly the Imperial War Graves Commission). These can be distinguished by their simple, white stone design. These were granted by the CWGC to military personnel who died in service — whether in combat, training accidents, air raids or from disease — during the periods around the First and Second World Wars:

  • 4 August 1914 – 31 August 1921 (WWI)
  • 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947 (WWII)

These are the 49 names that have also been included on the memorial plaque in the Garden of Remembrance, commemorating those who died in WW1 & WWII as a result of injuries sustained.

Because of the age of this burial ground, we also remember those interred here who served in earlier conflicts, such as the Egyptian War (1882) or the Boer War (1899–1902).

68 burials found

67 biogs found

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British artillery in the Boer War
Viewing: pre-1914 conflicts
soldiers on the Western Front
Viewing: WWI burials
RAF planes in WWII
Viewing: WWII burials
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Viewing: CWGC burials
Viewing: names on the Garden of Remembrance memorial plaque

The Garden of Remembrance War Memorial was erected in 2020 to commemorate those buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery who died as a result of their service in WWI and WWII, including those who did not qualify for a Commonweatlh War Grave headstone. Find out more




CWG = Commonwealth War Grave = served WWI or WWII

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 James Moir

Convenor and Project Manager during the works
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