|Stoneham Cemetery Road|
Southampton Unitary Authority
Postal Code: SO18 2NF
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The first burial to take place at South Stoneham Cemetery (originally known as South Stoneham Parish Council burial ground) on was on 4 February 1905. (C.C, plot C1 304)
Southampton City Council took ownership of the cemetery in 1927. Number of burials to 10th July 2009 19,532. The cemetery can accommodate both new and re-opened graves and there is a section available for the interment of cremated remains. There is a Chapel situated within the grounds.The Cemetery is adjacent to the site of the original Crematorium which was demolished in 1973 to make way for the construction of the M27 Motorway. Soil from the original site was transported to form the Garden of Remembrance which, with formal lawns and shrub beds, are still in use today.
There are 66 wargraves here; 8 of the Commonwealth War Graves are in a group, the others are scattered throughout the cemetery. In addition there are three 1914-1918 Commonwealth War Graves and two Belgian.
Reginald Mitchell, designer of the legendary WWII fighter aeroplane, the Spitfire, is buried in this cemetery.
(text by Geoffrey Gillon)