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West Ham Cemetery
Cemetery Road
West Ham
London Borough of Newham
Greater London  England
Postal Code: E7 9DG

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West Ham Burial Board was set up in the 1850s and in 1857 it purchased 12 acres of land for the new cemetery from Samuel Gurney, of the Quaker family and related to the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. The cemetery is at Forest Gate, a little North of the main line to Romford, between Maryland Point and Forest Gate stations, and belongs to the London Borough of Newham. The cemetery was subsequently extended to its current size in 1871 and has continued to provide burials since. There are 22 acres of grounds divided into Consecrated, Unconsecrated and Muslim areas. The cemetery is open daily throughout the year during daylight hours. A small mock-Tudor lodge building is situated just inside the metal entrance gates. There are no prominent monuments and gravestones are set among grass. The fairly low brick wall which forms the boundary with the adjacent West Ham Jewish Cemetery allows views between the two. Among those buried here are 2 people who died when the Princess Alice pleasure boat sank in the Thames near Beckton in 1878 killing 550 people, and 2 firemen killed in 1917 when the TNT plant of the Brunner Mond chemical works in Silvertown exploded. Other victims of both of these disasters are buried in East London Cemetery. There are 214 wargraves here; 30 are in the "Soldiers' Circle," on which a War Cross is erected, with a Screen Wall bearing the names of those whose graves (in the plot or elsewhere in the cemetery) are not marked by headstones. There are 78 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war in various parts of the cemetery, a second Screen Wall bears the names of those whose graves are not marked by headstones. The first interment was of Ann Maria Meeson (q.v.)(text by Geoffrey Gillon)

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