Seafield Cemetery was opened in 1887 to serve the
inhabitants of Leith,
During the First World War, Edinburgh was headquarters to the 4th,5th,6th and 9th Battalions of the Royal Scots, with the 7th Battalion at Leith. The 2nd Scottish General Hospital (1,000 beds) occupied Craigleith Poorhouse, the Edinburgh War Hospital (2,600 beds) was in the Asylum buildings at Bangour and the Leith War Hospital (585 beds) in the infirmary at Leith. The port of Leith was used by hospital ships from north Russia and about 4,500 officers and men passed through it. Second World War military hospitals were in Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Bangour. The city was also Scottish Command Headquarters. EDINBURGH (SEAFIELD) CEMETERY contains 184 First World War burials, some of them in the military plot in Section B, others in the admiralty plot in Section M (marked by a screen wall bearing the names of those buried there or unmarked in other parts of the cemetery), the rest scattered. There are also 103 Second World War burials in the cemetery, most of them forming a plot in Section P, five of these are unidentified seamen. There are also two war graves of other nationalities and one non-war service burial. EDINBURGH (SEAFIELD) CREMATORIUM stands within the cemetery and 21 servicemen and women of the Second World War whose remains were cremated there are commemorated on a screen wall opposite the war graves plot in Section P.
GPS Coordinates: 55.9698, -3.14923
- Added: 16 Sep 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2323347
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