The Muslim Burial Ground, Horsell Common , in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom, was the original resting place of two dozen Muslim soldiers who died during World War I and World War II. It measures about 30 metres (98 ft) by 30 metres and is located at grid reference TQ016599 in the southeast corner of Horsell Common about 100 metres off Monument Road. It is a Grade II listed building.
Large numbers of men from the Indian subcontinent fought on the Western Front during World War I. Some of those who were injured were moved to hospitals on the English south coast including Brighton. Of those, nineteen Muslims died and were buried here. The site was chosen for its proximity to the Shah Jahan Mosque, at the time, the only mosque in England. A further five men who died during World War II were buried here.
In the 1960s the site was becoming subject to vandalism so in 1968 the bodies were transferred to the Military Cemetery at Brookwood. The monument was restored in the 1990s as a result of financial support from a local resident of Woking, the musician Paul Weller.
In November 2015, this burial ground was made into the 'Peace Memorial Garden' dedicated to all the Muslim soldiers of the British Indian Army, who died in World War I and II.
The garden brings together the cultural expression of the traditional Islamic Garden with the natural elements of the Common. Hampshire based company, Terra Firma Landscape Architects Ltd, have been involved with the project since 2012 and designed and administered the contract on behalf of Woking Borough Council for implementation of the new garden, which was completed in 2015.
- Added: 16 Mar 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2637488
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