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Horsell Muslim Military Cemetery

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The land was acquired by the then War Office ca. 1915 and the cemetery and built ca.1915-ca.1917. There were 19 burials from World War 1, five from World War 2 and three from the Free French forces.
Following vandalism the remains were reinterred at Brookwood Military Cemetery in 1968. The site then fell into disrepair and was refurbished and reopened in 2015.

Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):

Monument Road, Woking. Opened 1915 closed 1968 and burials removed to Brookwood. Designed by T H Winney and built by Ashby & Horner Ltd. Completed 1917.

19 burials WWI and 5 in WWII. (said to be 3 other French Muslim soldiers from WWII). CWGC took over responsibility in 1921. Buildings now listed Grade 2. Area now derelict but walls still standing. Rather nice under the trees although parts of wall damaged. There have been suggestions to reuse the cemetery and the area around it for Muslim burials again.

[this was written before the site was refurbished]

The cemetery is approximately a fifteen minute walk from the Shah Jehan Mosque in Woking. Built in 1889 this was the first purpose built mosque in Britain.

Horsell common is in the Woking district of Surrey.

Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., jr.. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.

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