Postal Code: CR3 0AA
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Whyteleafe is a small town in Surrey, South East England, in the district of Tandridge. Four streets in Whyteleafe are just inside the southern edge of the London Borough of Croydon. Neighbouring villages and towns include Woldingham, Caterham, Coulsdon, Warlingham, and Kenley (in London Borough of Croydon). To the west are Kenley airfield, Kenley Common (City of London owned) Coxes Wood and Blize Wood. To the east are Riddlesdown, the Dobbin, and Marden Park. The parish church of St Luke dating from the mid-19th century lies within the Diocese of Southwark and its churchyard contains graves of airmen who died during WW2, stationed at RAF Kenley Whyteleafe Station nearby. At the beginning of the Second World War, a special plot (the 'Airman's Corner') was set aside in the churchyard for the burial of airmen who were killed in air battles, or who died on other operational duties. The churchyard contains 38 Second World War burials, most of them in the plot, but there are a few privately owned war graves elsewhere in the churchyard, together with five war burials from the First World War. The war graves plot also contains the graves of New Zealand, Australian, Czech and Polish airmen, and six post-war service burials.
[text by Geoffrey Gillon]