Godalming’s Commonwealth War Graves
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. They care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 153 countries. Their values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were almost 100 years ago.
GODALMING’S WAR GRAVES
Godalming Joint Burial Committee looks after 45 war graves on behalf of the The Commonwealth War Grave Commission, who conduct regular inspections to ensure these memorials remain a fitting reminder of the sacrifice given.
Thirty seven Commonwealth War Graves are located in Eashing Cemetery and eight are located in Nightingale Cemetery. Not all the war graves in Godalming’s cemeteries are the classic Commonwealth War Grave headstone. Prior to the creation of the War Grave Commission, many families erected private memorials, these memorials remain as a tribute to the fallen and have been adopted by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission. A list of the War Graves located at Eashing Cemetery (called the New Cemetery by the War Grave Commission) can be found here, along with a map of their location within the cemetery. We have tried to provide as much information as we can, however further information can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves website. Details of the eight war graves located at Nightingale cemetery can be found here.
LAYING OF POPPY CROSSES ON GODALMING’S WAR GRAVES
In Keeping with many towns, cities and villages across the world, Godalming remembers its war dead at the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service of Remembrance held at the town’s War Memorial. However, Godalming not only remembers those Godhelmians who made the ultimate sacrifice but also those whose homes were far away but for whom Godalming is their final resting place. The Godalming Joint Burial committee arranges for the Mayor of Godalming and pupils from local schools to lay Poppy Crosses on each of the War Graves located in Godalming’s cemeteries as a tribute to their sacrifice. This small token of remembrance to the fallen is made by the Mayor on behalf of the residents of Godalming.