WSFHS holds over 4,000 records for war graves in the Main Cemetery and in the Military Cemetery
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Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):
Privately owned from 1980s by R Guney, Turkish Cypriot businessman. He died intestate in 2006 and in 2011 the High Court awarded ownership to his partner Diane Halliday.
Opened 1854. 440 acres. 4 chapels, office and lodge.
Sections for Catholics, Bakers, Foresters, Oddfellows, 7 Muslim sects, Swedish church, Latvian church, Orthodox church, L&SW Railway, S Railway, Corps of Commissionaires, London parishes and churches, several religious orders.
1855 first land sale. By 1864 only 343 acres sold for £31,000 (to War Office).
1869 Act removed all restrictions on land sale – from this point land sales took prominence.
1906 vacates 2 Lancaster Place, Strand. 1917 first military burials.
1921 IWGC formally opens area.
1925 Ltd Company formed.
1936 first sale of shares to public. A series of public and private owners through to the 1980s when Administrators took over.
SHC 2935/3/ burial registers 1854 - 1976
SHC 2935/2/ grant registers. 1854 – 1890s (with 1870s gap) plus 1928 – 1950s plus Glades.
SHC 2935/4/ ledgers. SHC 6852. more recent deposits mix of items
SHC 4075. SHC 4381. SHC 2935/1/ . SHC 2935/5/ . other
SHC 614.6. Resource sources for the London Necropolis & National mausoleum Company & Brookwood Cemetery. A very good summary of cemetery history and list of sources at the PRO & SHC prepared 2001.
SHC 6852 a wide range of pictures and various records.
SHC Z/436 copies of biographical details of over 2000 persons buried in the cemetery plus a searchable database of the grant registers (originals 2935/2/ above)
PRO records of interest to me: HO 45/23369/922888 re Belgian Mil exhumations. AIR 2/12609 re RAF ground, includes cemetery pictures. WO 32/18171 & 2 re CWGC plus other plans of cemetery. WO 32/18578 & 9 re Moslem areas and Horsell common ground. 225/295 re Chelsea pensioners plot maintenance 1954.
Two Friends Groups.
Visited over a 15 year period. Burials of note are too numerous to include here – see SHC Z/436 for extensive details.
NOTE: in Dec 2014 Woking Borough Council acquired the shares in the two companies that owned Brookwood cemetery. click here to see the archived press release