Metropolitan Borough of South Tyneside
Tyne and Wear England
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During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards.
Jarrow Cemetery contains 41 First World War burials scattered throughout the cemetery. Of the 54 second World War burials, 15 form a group in Section 17.