The cemetery was opened in 1880 and is situated between South Norwood Country Park and Birkbeck. Also known as Elmers End Cemetery, (and previously known as Crystal Palace District Cemetery) it contains the final resting places of such notable people as W.G. Grace, Frank Bourne, Thomas Crapper and George Evans (VC) who won the Victoria Cross in 1916. It also contains 256 burials from both world wars. The 128 First World War graves are scattered throughout the cemetery, a number of them made from the Royal Naval Depot HMS 'Crystal Palace' and the Army Service Corps Motor Transport Depot at Grove Park.
As many of these graves could not be individually marked, 26 casualties are commemorated by name on a screen wall. Later, forty others were found to be in locations that could not be satisfactorily maintained, and the headstones from these graves were moved into the small Second World War plot. This plot contains only ten of the 127 Second World War burials, but three casualties whose graves elsewhere in the cemetery could not be individually marked are commemorated there by special memorials.
Just before the chapel area on the left can be seen the large white memorial to the Stamp family. Josiah Charles, the first Baron Stamp, an economist and financier, was killed together with his wife, by a German bomb on 16 April 1941. His son and heir was killed by the same bomb, but was deemed to have survived his father by a few seconds, and to have inherited his peerage during that time: Wilfred Carlyle, the second Baron Stamp, is the briefest incumbent of any peerage.
Address: Beckenham Crematorium & Cemetery Company (privately owned)
Elmers End Road
Nearest station: Birkbeck
GPS Coordinates: 51.4027, -0.0547
- Added: 19 Apr 2003
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1961414
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